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... on the Americans. It's interesting that this was also the name used to describe the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York.
The Pentagon 9/11 Memorial is in memory of the 184 men and women who died on September 11, 2001 when the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. The Memorial has 184 tributes that are located on an age line according to the year the victim was born and each has the victims names engraved on it. Each tribute ...
Washington - Smithsonian etc. again.
The first stop today was a mega walk up the mall (the green strip up to the Lincoln Memorial -you have seen photos of Abe Lincoln, sculpted from marble sitting on a high backed chair.) In galleries on either side were engraved a couple of his speeches. Interesting. In the longer one he made quite a few quotes from the Bible. This was part of his second inaugural speech while the Civil War was on:
... was very poignant.
The other memorial was dedicated to Korea and it was just as thoughtful. They lost 38000 men in the 3 year war so wanted to have 38 statues walking on patrol. They ended up only fitting in 19 due to the size, each statue was 7 foot high and they represented all branches of the military, all races and most of the different jobs. The men were spread out like on patrol and were walking over granite slabs to signify water with shrubbery in ...
... I especially liked the Cocoa Plant. I had not seen that before. The thousand bloom chrysanthemum was seven feet wide and takes 12 months to grow and can only be seen in a few places in North America. All the blooms are from one plant. It was gorgeous. The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum took us from The Wright Brothers all the way through the Apollo Mission. ...
... a day by an American soldier in full regalia, and we were lucky enough to catch the changing of the guard whilst we were there. It was quite an amazing experience to see a military ceremony up close, and the discipline of the officers is something to behold. The tomb is a national treasure and is a testament to the sense of pride Americans express towards the members of their armed forces. Whilst at the cemetery we continually heard gunshots in ...