Tag Archives: Photos by Rick Snider

Lazy day at National Harbor

It’s not often I spend a lazy Sunday afternoon doing nothing, but while waiting for my wife at National Harbor I wandered by the many statues near the water that I’ve driven by dozens of times. Park the car and … Continue reading

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Date night – Fogo de Chao and Trump Hotel

I have walked by Fogo de Chao at least several hundred times while leading tours, telling people how good the food was inside. At least, I heard it was. I’m like a dog with his nose pressed against the glass. … Continue reading

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Thomas T. Gaff isn’t so scary after all

From the street it looks like a member of the Walking Dead has emerged in Rock Creek Cemetery. Walking up the steep incline makes the grave marker a little less scary and a little more impressive. What once looked like … Continue reading

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My great west vacation – Yellowstone National Park

Six states, 1,400 miles, worst hail storm ever, snow squall, 45 degrees, 100 degrees – and it was a fun time. My wife and I went out west to see a cousin for the first time and Yellowstone National Park. … Continue reading

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Daniel Webster offers the highest of relief panels

Normally, the high relief art complements the statue, but the two beneath the statue of Daniel Webster are the coolest ones I’ve seen around town. They are nearly lifelike, showing none of their 110 years. The scene in the front … Continue reading

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Refurbished Grant statues are magnificent

  It’s not often I give two thumbs up, a standing ovation or a big cheer, but finally seeing the restored Grant statue with his artillery and cavalry by the U.S. Capitol west side rekindled my faith in excellent work. … Continue reading

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Spanish American War nurses remembered

The large granite boulder remembers the nurses of the Spanish America war, which was the first to have nurses organized by the military. The Maltese cross, symbol of The Society of Spanish American War nurses, sits high on the marker … Continue reading

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56 reasons to come to Constitution Gardens

They were sons of liberty, the ones brave enough to put their name to paper and tell King George to go to Hell. America was free. Today, we remember the founding fathers with 56 Signers Park where each of their … Continue reading

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Remembering Lincoln

It’s a Tweetup, a flash mob to remember Lincoln. Saturday morning saw a trickle grow to 20 people as a man with yellow tulips in one hand and a retriever’s leash in the other placed flowers on the stoop of … Continue reading

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How to find your state at the World War II Memorial

The first thing tourists look for at the World War II Memorial isn’t the magnificent fountain, the stars that each represent 100 dead U.S. soldiers, bas relief art by the entrance or names of the battles. No, they want to … Continue reading

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Anton Hilberath: The German soldier in Arlington National Cemetery

  Anton Hilberath is an enigma surrounded by children. Hilberath’s the only German soldier from World War II buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The First Sergeant of the Wehrmacht was among 830 German prisoners of war that died in the … Continue reading

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A memorial in an Arlington crossroads

It’s not unusual for a monument to be moved. Happens more often than you’d expect. And it’s not unusual for a memorial to be updated with a second use. But here’s one that includes three wars and was relocated to … Continue reading

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City sidewalks dressed in holiday style

The city is certainly decked for the holidays, but walking along F and 14th Sts. showed several wreaths within a short walking distance. This has long been a commercial area with plenty of shopping so wreaths aren’t unexpected. But, given … Continue reading

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The cat, horse and the general

There’s lots to talk about Gen. Philip Sheridan’s statue. It’s one of the better equestrian statues in town and the horse has a story, too. But there’s also a cat down the street keeping an eye on his old master. … Continue reading

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Full Count reminds fans there are sports statues in town

With more than 3,100 statues, memorials and monuments, you’d think Washington would be filled with sports figures cast in bronze. Think again. Nationals Park has Josh Gibson, Frank Howard and Walter Johnson as gigantic, odd-looking statues beyond the left field … Continue reading

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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial brings peace

It’s peaceful when entering the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. It’s just a block off the National Mall near congressional offices at 150 Washington Ave. SW, sandwiched into a one-time medium area that was a short cut exiting town. … Continue reading

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A walk through the African American museum

I took a “quick” two-hour tour of the new Museum of African American History and Culture. Here are a few observations. The building is beautiful and I now understand what they wanted to do with the unusual exterior by allowing … Continue reading

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James Garfield Memorial – my 6th cousin

The only thing I knew about James Garfield was he was once U.S. president. I would have struggled to write a fifth-grade report on him But coming across Garfield’s memorial on the U.S. Capitol grounds intrigued me into learning more. … Continue reading

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Remembering 151st anniversary of Lincoln’s death

A dozen or so people gathered on the otherwise empty street at 7 a.m. seemingly away from the many commuters entering the city. They would only stay a short time. Both strangers and old friends said hello and waited for … Continue reading

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Lincoln Cottage still a great respite

I have a secret – I’d never been to the Lincoln Cottage before  taking a tour group. And it’s better than expected. Now I’ll leave the nuts and bolts to the website Lincolncottage.org. But a few things hit me during … Continue reading

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