Monday, July 16, 2007

We saw Everything!

We started the day with Melissa's Banana Pancakes and bacon. Not a bad start. We needed our energy for all the things we were going to try to see. We didn't get in until 2 or 3 am from New York so we slept in a little. I loved the memorials and all of the history I hated in High School. I may have liked it better if we could go on feild trips like this. You guessed it, the White House. We were unable to get a tour inside, but we learned a lot of interesting things here from our native friend Melissa, and from Bob our friend who has a summer internship working at the White House. The White House as we know it it entirely the Pres. private residence. The West Wing is separate, and holds the offices ect.. There is a mini van parked indide the gate on the side with a remote door control. Inside that van are several attack dogs just incase anyone trys to jump over the fence. There are also snipers on the roof. Across the street and to the side is where any guest of the Pres stays. Like when the Queen of England came a couple months ago. We walked around the whole structure and it was fun.

The WWII Memorial was awesome! It was beautiful with lots to look at as we walked in there were lots of releif panels showing typical things durring the war. The whole memorial was a giant oval with a water fountain in the center and water features surrounding the lower walkway. The upper walkway had all the states with two tower like areas at both far ends. It was full of quotes and statistics and the different battles that were fought. This was by far my favorite of the memorials. It sat at the opposite end of the reflecting pool as Lincoln.

This is the Vietnam war Memorial. I was suprised that I got emotional at some of the memorials, but especially at this one. There was also a statue of soldiers that I don't remember what it was specifically for, and also a nurses statue.

This is of course the Lincoln Memorial. He is really big. I liked the structure he is in. And as with the rest there are quotes and even his "Four Score..." speech. The reflecting pool is just before the building.

This is the Korean War Memorial. It had the same mirror like polished stone as the Vietnam, but it had images and faces etched into it.

This is the FDR Memorial. You weave in and through areas with really neat quotes and it takes you through his 4 terms. It was quiet and peaceful.

This is the Jefferson Memorial. It's a very pretty one. Oh, and something I found on a bridge on our way.

This is the Awakening. It's right by the monuments but no one really knows about it. It is just a statue of a guy coming out of the ground. It was kind of cool. I thought of Uncle John.

In the evening we drove to Baltimore where Pat's Brother lives on a little sailboat. We spent the rest of the evening learning to sail in the Chesapeake Bay. It was the perfect ending to a fun but very filled day.

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