The ColoradoTraveling Ducks Visit Washington D.C.

This is the Washington Monument.

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

We are in Washington D.C.   This is exciting.   We see these monuments on television at home and now we, Zeb the Duck and Soapy Smith Duck are here.  The Lincoln Memorial is big.   We are from Colorado, so we want to remind you that there is a town in Colorado named Marble.   There is marble there and some of the Colorado marble is used in this Lincoln Memorial.   Colorado marble is also used in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.   Sometimes we Colorado Traveling Ducks, do brag.

Steps to Lincoln Memorial

Steps to Lincoln Memorial

This is a lot of steps, but our moms say we are climbing all of them.   We did it.   We ducks are sitting near Lincoln, looking up to him for wisdom.

Learning from President Lincoln

Learning from President Lincoln

From the top of the Lincoln Memorial, we look over the reflecting pools to the Washington Monument.

Toward Washington Monument over reflecting pool.

Toward Washington Monument over reflecting pool.

From the top of the back of the Lincoln Memorial, we look down the bridge to Arlington Cemetery.   The large building is the former Lee Mansion, former home of Robert E. Lee.

From Lincoln Memorial to Arlington National Cemetery

From Lincoln Memorial to Arlington National Cemetery

Lee was a general for the south, or Confederacy, during the U.S. Civil War.   After the north won the Civil War and slavery was ended, the property of Robert E.Lee was turned into the largest Federal cemetery in the United States.   Washington D.C. has many war memorials and monuments.   This is in remembrance those that fought in the Korean War.

Korean War Memorial

Korean War Memorial

The wall behind the soldiers is etched, in remembrance of the Korean War.

Korean Memorial, etched wall

Korean Memorial, etched wall

This pool is also at the site of the Korean War Memorial.

Pool at Korean War Memorial

Pool at Korean War Memorial

One of the newer memorials was dedicated by President George W. Bush on May 29, 2004, to those 16 million members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America that served during World War II.  This memorial is huge.   We entered the memorial through this arch.

One of two arch entrances to World War II Memorial

One of two arch entrances to World War II Memorial

The two entrances are Atlantic and Pacific.   We admired the fountains in the center.

Fountains in World War II Memorial

Fountains in World War II Memorial

Pillars represent each of America’s 48 states, from 1945, and each US territory.

Pillar to Alaska

Pillar to Alaska

This is Alaska’s pillar, since Eider, our Alaska cousin was not with us today.  There are 24 artistic pieces in bas relief, representing scenes of war experiences.

Bas Relief road vehicles

Bas Relief road vehicles

We liked the road vehicles.   But, we also liked the airplanes.

Bas relief airplanes

Bas relief airplanes

The first piece shows new soldiers ready for physical exams.   The last shows a handshake between American and Russian armies.   The Price of Freedom is huge.

The Price of Freedom

The Price of Freedom

There are 4,048 gold stars on this wall.   Each gold star represents 100 of our American service personnel that died or remained missing in World War II.   The 405,399 lost is second only to the more than 620,000 Americans lost during our Civil War.   I have to tell you, that we did not take this last photo, but we really liked it.   This is a panorama at night.

Washington Monument from World War II Memorial at night

Washington Monument from World War II Memorial at night

We are so impressed with all the monuments here.   We will show you more next time.

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4 thoughts on “The ColoradoTraveling Ducks Visit Washington D.C.

  1. I’m always impressed by the symbolism at places such as these. So much thought goes into the creation of the memorials. It’s important to acknowledge the work of the military and in Australia we say “Lest We Forget”.

    • No matter how many times I see these monuments, they always impress me. Seeing them is very emotional and really makes me realize the price of freedom and what others have done for us. This was the first time I saw the World War II memorial. I thought it was so well done. I like the “Lest We Forget” phrase. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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