A TRIP TO THE NATION'S CAPITAL

March 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Washington DC, our nation’s capital, should be on everyone’s list to visit. The city is filled with history, politics, and some great site seeing. So over Memorial Day weekend last year Linda, Zach and I made a trip to see our nation’s capital.

We arrived in the mid afternoon and immediately headed out to see the white house and for me to see the longest anti-war protest in American history. The white house did not disappoint and the anti-war protest was still setup and going strong after 32 years. I am not sure how I feel about someone manning a protest for 32 years. I would think after some point it is fruitless. She has become more of a tourist attraction than a protester and it seems here message is being lost. Here is a picture of Connie Picciotto manning the protest.

Connie Picciotto outside the White HouseConnie Picciotto outside the White HouseConnie Picciotto outside the White House. Longest running anti-war protest in the US.

Over the subsequent days we visited the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial and the FDR Memorial. Whew! Yes we walked many miles to see all these sites and it was definitely worth it. If you go, pack your walking shoes.

Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

The World War II Memorial in Washington DC.The World War II Memorial in Washington DC.The World War II Memorial in Washington DC.

And we were still not done. We visited the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum. Zach really liked all the cool stuff packed into these free museums.

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

We also made time to see the Memorial Day parade.

Memorial Day parade in Washington, DC.Memorial Day parade in Washington, DC.Memorial Day parade in Washington, DC.

The two things that stand out most in my mind are the Memorial Day Concert on the lawn of capital and the tour I took of the Holocaust Museum. Starting with the latter, the holocaust museum was somber and I felt like I was hit the gut. There was such suffering by so many people; it was hard for me to comprehend. It is worth the time to see the Holocaust Museum just so you can get a sense for what happen.

The Memorial Day Concert on the other hand was a mix of emotions. Parts of the concert were remembering those individuals that have given everything, including their life for this country. Other parts were celebratory and joyful like when the anthem for each branch of the service was played. Overall, I recommend seeing this free concert in person if you ever get the chance.

United States Capital Building during the PBS Memorial Day Concert.United States Capital Building during the PBS Memorial Day Concert.United States Capital Building during the PBS Memorial Day Concert.

PBS Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC.PBS Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC.PBS Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC.

 Overall it was a great trip filled with great sites and history. I highly recommend taking the time to visit our nation’s capital. 

That is it for now. Mike.


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