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7.04.2012

The Bradford's go to Washington {The Memorials}



Happy 4th of July, America! I'd like to say a special thank you to all who have served our country to make it great and keep it free! Here are the different memorials that we were able to see while in D.C. Enjoy!


National World War II Memorial

This was the prettiest memorial in my opinion. The water fountains just made it.




There are 56 pillars, one for each of the states, the territories from that period, and the District of Columbia which represents the unity our country had during the war.

Here it is at night:



 The Washington Monument  


 You can see this one from EVERYWHERE in the city. It is in the background of many of our photos. Did you know that there are two different colors of brick on the monument? Also, it is currently closed to visitors riding the elevator to the top due to the earthquake, which also caused some cracks in the building.


 Here it is from the WWII Memorial
Can you see the two colors?
 From the Potomac River
 From the MLK Memorial
 From the Lincoln Memorial





The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

This was just opened last fall. The memorial symbolizes a quote from his I Have a Dream Speech, "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."



The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial 





There are four "rooms" each representing his 4 terms of office. Each "room" has some sort of water feature too. 

The Jefferson Memorial 

This was my favorite memorial dedicated to a president. President Jefferson was a very smart man!



That is our tour guide with the umbrella. He was pretty funny and also a former body guard for someone famous!


 The White House can see the Jefferson Memorial because FDR oversaw the planning and building of it and wanted to be able to see if from the White House. I believe that Jefferson was FDR's favorite president. What do you think?



We loved these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote. How beautifully he put the truth, which is not inscribed in our Nation's capital for all visitors to see.


We saw the Marine One as we walked to the Jefferson Memorial.

The Marine Memorial



Arlington Cemetery

Wish we could have spent more time here, but we were only able to get a drive-by view.



Korean War Memorial



 There was some sort of ceremony going on while we were visiting. Both Korean and U.S. Veterans were there. They played taps. It was a very special moment. 


Lincoln Memorial



 This is the spot on the top step of the Lincoln Memorial from which MLK gave his famous I Have a Dream Speech. Below is the view he had from that spot. His was a little prettier, considering the reflection pool is drained and they are digging up all around it! BOOOO! They are putting in some drainage system to keep the pool from being so stagnant.





Vietnam War Memorial



They (whoever they are) are supposedly working on collecting the items placed here in memorandum to these brave men and women to be displayed in a museum.

All in all, it was a very wonderful experience to see all of these memorials. Each was filled with its own symbolism to help memorialize the person or people or organization and event(s) that were so fundamental in shaping America into what it is today. We were very much in awe of it all and could see how the Lord's hand has been on us (USA) since the beginning. Amen. 

I hope your 4th was filled with much happiness and that your since of freedom and pride in our country was rekindled once again today! I am proud to be an American! God Bless America!