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Monuments make big impression

September 5, 2013

I made my first real trip to Washington, D.C., this summer. Until then, I had only glimpsed Washington from the back seat of our family car....

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Steiner

Sep-05-13 7:35 AM

excellent article , we can be sure the leading liberal posters are proud of the civil war monuments. making the world safe for slavery . And it was one of their favorite things, a govt undertaking. the robber barrons were bad though. not the confederate democrats.

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judeye

Sep-05-13 7:45 AM

We have a beautiful Capital!!

I have been there many times over the years, and a few have actually been as a tourist and not to participate in a demonstration or march (lol)

Two years ago while there as a tourist my little grandson 'charmed' the secret service guy into giving us a personal tour of the Capital building! Not sure how impressed my grandchildren were, but I was in awe as he led us down to the floor,where we could see where the members sit, and how they cast their votes on bills. We got to see the door the President walks through when he comes to give the State of the Union speech and sit at the desk where the speaker sits during session.

I highly encourage everyone to go to DC to see the beauty and history of our Country. It truly is impressive, and makes one feel mighty proud of their Country.

One statue that you left out though is Kosciuszko!! A large statue in his honor located in Lafayette Park.

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DKexpat

Sep-05-13 11:07 AM

The National Mall (between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capital Building) is home to dozens of museums within a mile radius of Constitution/Independence Avenues.

The Smithsonian, alone, has 12 museums, from Air & Space to American History to Natural History – it’d take days to walk through them all.

And that doesn’t include touring the Capital (advanced reservations required – best way to get the date you want is to go through your Rep/Senator), the Supreme Court building, Bureau of Engraving (to watch them print money), and – especially – the National Archives (to see the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and the US Constitution).

I take visitors/guests to as many of the above as they can fit into their schedules, plus some lesser-known spots. Note: DC is so crowded with tourists during the summer – and quite hot/humid – that you’re better off visiting before June or after Labor Day.

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joew

Sep-05-13 11:59 AM

And do not forget to visit the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington. A word of advice to those who might wish to visit Gettysburg. Either hire a Park Service contractor guide or purchase the CD(at the visitor center) for a self guided tour. I've done both and I prefer the CD as you can make it three hours or three days.

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DKexpat

Sep-05-13 12:17 PM

joew, agree. Watching the changing of the guard is something every American should see.

The Washington Post has a great article that goes into detail about the Old Guard and what goes into being a sentinel - - washingtonpost [dot] com/lifestyle/style/at-tomb-of-the-unknowns-a-ritual-of-remembrance/2011/05/23/AGoKWnCH_story.html

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joew

Sep-05-13 3:53 PM

DKexpat still have my Buff Strap if that gives you a clue?

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DKexpat

Sep-05-13 4:04 PM

Nice!!!

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Steiner

Sep-06-13 10:03 AM

I would much rather have visited teslas lab in Colorado springs or his labs in NYC. Even edisons labs would be of interest. or std oil facilities. Thats where the rubber meets the road and fortunes were made. this fascination with govt is an amazing thing. They consume tax dollars for what i see are inferior products. Somehow the govt became the darling of everyone .

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DKexpat

Sep-06-13 4:59 PM

Um, we're here talking about monuments, sights to see in DC - things like museums with national treasures that belong to all of us.

You know, stuff the government DID build. :-)

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Christopher

Sep-07-13 10:53 AM

I want to know who hit "agree" on Steiners last post, lol! I love DC, agree with DK, do NOT go in the summer, HOT and HUMID!!! I used to go annually with a group of Vietnam vets, but have also gone twice with my younger boys, went through all the Smithsonian Museums, the Aquarium, and Arlington. I generally stay in Arlington. Anyway, I like the Capitol very much.

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