Martin Luther King Jr.

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From the Jefferson Memorial you can see the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial across the Potomac River.  It opened on August 22, 2011, on the 48th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.  A ceremony was postponed until October 16th, (the 16th anniversary of the 1995 Million Man March on the National Mall) due to Hurricane Irene.

Cool Helicopter

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As we were walking along the Potomac River this cool helicopter flew over head, I couldn’t resist taking a photo of it!

Across the Potomac River

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It was a warm day in Washington DC, so Craig and I got some bottled water and then I put my feet up and RELAXED as I looked across the Potomac River at the Jefferson Memorial.

President Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809, said; “Do you want to know who you are?  Act!  Action will delineate and define you!”

Jefferson Memorial

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The Thomas Jefferson Memorial sits on the Potomac River and was built in 1943 in memory of the 3rd President of the United States of America and one of the Founding Fathers, being the main writer of the Declaration of Independence.

‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,…’



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Craig and I went on a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and it was very interesting!  You can’t take photos inside, so this was the perfect place to RELAX and take a photo before going on the tour.  As you go on the tour it is interesting because you actually see them making money, you see piles of money, amazing.  Inside their was a saying on a wall, ‘Just think how I feel I printed my life time salary in a few minutes.’

Reflecting Pond

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It was a beautiful, sunny day as the clouds reflected in the Reflecting Pond, a great place to sit and RELAX. Ahead is the Lincoln Memorial celebrating the life of a man who once said; “My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”

Lincoln Memorial

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The Lincoln Memorial was built to honor Abraham Lincoln who was the 16th President of the United States and it is located on the western end of the National Mall. It was dedicated in 1920 to honor a man who was and remains an inspiration to us all! He said, ‘We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

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We walked around the National Mall and by the time we got to the World War II Memorial it was time to put my feet up and RELAX as I looked towards the Washington Monument!

World War II Memorial

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The World War II Memorial is very impressive and gives everyone who visits it a time to pause and feel appreciation for those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms! On the wall around the memorial there are quotes, one is from President Harry Truman, he said:


The White House

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The White House is the official residence of the President of the United States.  At the present time President Obama and his family live there.  It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.  I wanted to take a photo of the White House and this is as close as we could get and we aren’t sure why.  There were a lot of people coming out of the park in front of the White House, so I asked a lady what was going on and she said she didn’t know but they had evacuated the park and so she was asked to leave.  We didn’t hear of anything on the news, so, this is the best I could do.  Notice the sharp shooters (2) on the roof.

Washington Monument

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The Washington Monument, an obelisk sitting almost in the center of the National Mall, was built in remembrance of George Washington the 1st President of the United States.  It is the world’s tallest obelisk, standing 554′ 7″ tall.  Construction of the monument began in 1848 and due to lack of funds it wasn’t completed until 1884.  It is surrounded by 50 flags representing each of the 50 states.

BIKES Thru My Eyes

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We took the Metro into Washington DC and had a great walk around the National Mall.  The National Mall is nearly 2 miles long and over 1,000′ wide in some areas.  So, it is really large and would entail a lot of walking to do all of it.  So, we started about half way at the Washington Monument and went towards the Lincoln Memorial.  From the World War II Memorial you can see the US Capitol Building peaking up over the horizon behind the Washington Monument.

The Metro

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We took the metro to get to the National Mall in the center of Washington DC, we had a great day!


Lazy Panda Bear

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When we go to Washington D. C. we enjoying going to the Smithsonian Institute.  They have the largest museums in the world.  In 2008 we went to the Smithsonian Zoological Park where we saw this lazy Panda Bear.


Potomac River

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On a trip to Washington in 2008, we walked along the Potomac River as the sun was setting.  It was beautiful with the Cherry Blossoms in bloom!



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I am thinking of this wonderful country, today and the flag that symbolizes it’s struggles, successes and greatness!  I took this photograph in October of 2005 while on a trip to Washington DC.

Taken with a Canon 20D