Visiting "The District"
Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
58Trip End Nov 29, 2010
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On Sun. Oct 10, we started our trip to DC, on the Metro. We were very fortunate because Rick had been to DC many times showing military officers around our Nation's Capital. He and Flo knew exactly where to go and how to see Washington, DC. The first thing we saw as we got off the Metro at "The Mall" was the outside of the Capitol Building. We didn't go see the Capitol until the next day. Today, we went to the Washington Monument. We went to get tickets (they are free) and as we walked up, someone said do you want to see the Washington Monument in 10 minutes....our response, "Yes!". Shirley, Flo, Kaptain and I rushed to get in line and went up in the Monument (555 feet high)
After seeing the Washington Monument, we saw the memorials to those that served in World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. The first one we saw was the World War II Memorial. Beautiful. There was also a wall off to the side of the Memorial that had a drawing with "Kilroy Was Here". Next was the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Nineteen stainless steel sculptures stand silently under the watchful eye of a sea of faces upon a granite wall. The faces (pictures carved n the granite) are of real people that served in Korea. You almost felt the statues were real. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was the most emotional. Kaptain Larry had a friend that was a helicopter pilot and was killed in Vietnam. We found his name on the wall.
After the war memorials, we went to Lincoln Memorial. There is a plaque in front of the Memorial where Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech. Next we walked to the White House and took pictures. Smaller than I thought it was.
After all this walking, it was time for lunch. Rick took us to a very nice place about a block from the White House, called Old Ebbit Grill
We walked to the White House and saw it from the back. Next we walked down the street to Ford Theater, where Abraham Lincoln was shot. Unfortunately, they had something going on that day and they weren't giving tours. We did see the house across where Lincoln was taken from the theater and died.
We continued walking around DC, walked past the Archives and over to the memorial for Navy Sailors. We then hopped back on the Metro and headed back "home". It was a long day and we had walked a lot of steps. The next day we are coming back for more sightseeing. After only one day, we haven't even seen a fraction of what can be seen and done in DC.