Friday, May 25, 2012

The National Mall and Memorials

Washington D.C. Day 2

From my notes the day before, DO NOT drive in D.C.!  It's so much easier walking around and getting lost without the driving stress.  Everything touristy is close by, so why drive?  Also, the metro system here is AWESOME and totally wheelchair accessible.  FYI: D.C. is one of the first cities in the U.S. to be wheelchair accessible because of our Pres. FDR (He had polio and was confined to a wheelchair).

This city is amazing... The feel here is unlike any other I've experienced before.  The historic events and important decisions...to be here and experience the power here is unreal to me.  Walking National Mall and Memorials is such a stark reminder to me that I am here is where history happens every single day.

Today, we visited as many places as possible so that AJ could take advantage of his short time here.  We visited: the Holocaust Museum (the temporary exhibit because passes were out for the day)

The National Archive

(Jeff, our amazing travel buddy and tour guide :)


The Washington Monument

The Jefferson Memorial


The Lincoln Memorial--He is my favorite president, so naturally, this was my favorite place to visit.  He lived during such a bittersweet time in American history.  I feel like he had to bear the hardest of burdens, and had to make some very difficult decisions amidst the death of his country men.  I know without a doubt he was inspired and truly loved all Americans equally, therefore, he fought for all to be treated equally.  He sacrificed so much for this country that was in turmoil.  His words really touched my heart...


"Let us discard all this quibbling about this man or the other man, this race and that race, and the other race being inferior and therefore they must be places in an inferior position.

Let us discard all these things and unite as one people throughout this land until we shall once more stand up declaring that all me are created equal."


**I cannot believe I get to see the Lincoln Memorial everyday, right down the hill from my GWU dorm :) 

The FDR Memorial
and The MLK Memorial


These men are such powerful, inspirational people.  They lived their lives for other people and left important prints on this country and our lives.  I am so proud to call myself an American because of them.  I'm so grateful for this country and the wonderful life it has allowed me, especially with my disability.  I will return as often as I can to these places to remind myself of the sacrifice and hope to live as they did, serving and thinking of the well-being of others.

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