Monuments in DC

Washington, D.C. is a lovely capital city. Built on swamp land and declared the U.S. capital in 1790, its sprawling mall lends itself to show off some awesome monuments.

On a recent trip, I took a Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley. The weather was lovely. The trolley driver/narrator was informative. Best of all, the trolley driver, not I, maneuvered through the D.C. traffic. Here are pictures of some of the sites.

The iconic Washington Monument honors the first US president, President George Washington.

Washington Monument


Daniel Chester French sculpted the 19×19’ President Abraham Lincoln. To one side is the Gettysburg Address and to the other is his second inaugural address that spoke of Malice Toward None.

Lincoln Monument


The Martin Luther King Memorial was dedicated in 2011.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”—Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Martin Luther King Monument

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in 1947.  Such a complicated character, that one.

Jefferson Memorial

The FDR Memorial is a sprawling tribute to his shepherding of the country through the Great Depression and World War II.

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Listening to a radio address by FDR.

The U.S. Marines Monument is an image in tribute to the World War II battle at Iwo Jima.

U.S. Marines’ Monument

I recommend such a tour.


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