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Washington D.C. Day Two: Monuments and Memorials

Updated on April 14, 2015

Our Travels Today

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A markerLibrary of Congress -
Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC 20540, USA
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B markerCapital Building Washington DC -
Capitol Building, Washington, DC 20016, USA
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C markerJefferson Memorial Washington -
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 701 East Basin SW, Washington, DC 20242, USA
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D markerFDR Memorial Washington -
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, 1850 West Basin Drive Southwest, Washington, DC 20242, USA
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E markerMLK Memorial Washington -
MLK Memorial, Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20245, USA
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F markerLincoln Memorial Washington DC -
Lincoln Memorial, 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle Northwest, Washington, DC 20037, USA
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G markerWorld War II Memorial Washington DC -
World War II Memorial, 17th Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20245, USA
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H markerWashington Monument Washington DC -
Washington Monument, 2 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, USA
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I markerWhite House Washington DC -
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20500, USA
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J markerVietnam Veterans Memorial Washington DC -
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 5 Henry Bacon Drive Northwest, Washington, DC 20245, USA
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This route covered 12 miles of walking! That was 27,000 steps for me!

The Library of Congress

Our scheduled tour of the Capital Building wasn't for a little while, so after we talked to you on Skype, Mr. Chaffee and I decided to go and check out the Library of Congress. You have NEVER seen a library like this! It was like a huge museum, and yes people can actually go there and do research with the books in the library!

LIbrary of Congress: Building

Some of the statues or "busts" outside of the Library. You can see their shadow when you are on the second floor. Benjamin Franklin is the bust in the middle!
Some of the statues or "busts" outside of the Library. You can see their shadow when you are on the second floor. Benjamin Franklin is the bust in the middle!
The arches and ceiling of the Library.
The arches and ceiling of the Library.
There are paintings and different genres of books all along the ceiling, along with quotes and names of famous authors!
There are paintings and different genres of books all along the ceiling, along with quotes and names of famous authors!
Look, a mermaid statue!
Look, a mermaid statue!

The Capital Building

I had sent a letter to one of our Rhode Island Congressmen, asking for a tour of the Capital! We got our tickets and went through! The Senate and the House of Representatives work in the Capital building to write many of the laws that we have today!

Did you know that every state can have 2 statues in the Capital? One of ours from Rhode Island is on display on the bottom floor. We have a statue of Nathanial Greene and another of Roger Williams, the person who founded Providence! If we want to, we can choose to swap out our statue and put a new one on display! All we have to do is choose a person from Rhode Island that we think is important and then ask our Governor and other elected officials to try to make it possible! We can only do this once every ten years though...

The Capital Building: Under Re-Construction

The painting and the stonework inside the Rotunda is being redone because it was starting to deteriorate, or fall apart. The white sheet is protecting the workers that are helping to restore the inside of the building!
The painting and the stonework inside the Rotunda is being redone because it was starting to deteriorate, or fall apart. The white sheet is protecting the workers that are helping to restore the inside of the building!
The "Apotheosis of George Washington" is a pretty famous painting on the ceiling!
The "Apotheosis of George Washington" is a pretty famous painting on the ceiling!
The Speaker of the House is in charge of directing ceremonies in the Capital. This is his office!
The Speaker of the House is in charge of directing ceremonies in the Capital. This is his office!
Abraham Lincoln sat here when he worked in the Capital Building!
Abraham Lincoln sat here when he worked in the Capital Building!
The outside of the building is going through some reconstruction too!
The outside of the building is going through some reconstruction too!
It takes a lot of work and workers to keep these old buildings running!
It takes a lot of work and workers to keep these old buildings running!

Memorials and Monuments on the Mall

So if you checked out our map at the beginning of the blog we did A LOT of walking! The following pictures are monuments or memorials on the National Mall. This mall isn't a place where you go shopping, but it's a long stretch of buildings and grassy areas that people actually use to play softball or soccer on! It's a really pretty part of Washington!

Some Of These People We Have Talked About... Who Do You Recognize?

The Jefferson Memorial Thomas Jefferson was the person who wrote (by hand... no computers!!) the Declaration of Independence!
The Jefferson Memorial Thomas Jefferson was the person who wrote (by hand... no computers!!) the Declaration of Independence!
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and his dog! FDR was president during World War 2, and he was president for almost 12 years! He suffered from an illness called Polio, and had to use a wheelchair sometimes!
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and his dog! FDR was president during World War 2, and he was president for almost 12 years! He suffered from an illness called Polio, and had to use a wheelchair sometimes!
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This memorial is pretty new to the National Mall! Do you remember what he was famous for?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This memorial is pretty new to the National Mall! Do you remember what he was famous for?
All those pink and white fluffy things are the Cherry Blossoms! Each year, Washington has a cherry blossom festival to celebrate our friendship with the country of Japan! These trees were a gift from Japan to the United States!
All those pink and white fluffy things are the Cherry Blossoms! Each year, Washington has a cherry blossom festival to celebrate our friendship with the country of Japan! These trees were a gift from Japan to the United States!
Over 2,500 cherry blossoms were planted in the capital city! Their petals fall in the wind and it looks like it's snowing!
Over 2,500 cherry blossoms were planted in the capital city! Their petals fall in the wind and it looks like it's snowing!
Martin Luther King's monument has a great message. On the side is written "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope". Here you can see how his stone came out of the mountain in the background!
Martin Luther King's monument has a great message. On the side is written "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope". Here you can see how his stone came out of the mountain in the background!
Abraham Lincoln was another president that we talked about. His hands are actually placed in sign language! If you look, they are in the form of an A and an L... what do you think those initials stand for?
Abraham Lincoln was another president that we talked about. His hands are actually placed in sign language! If you look, they are in the form of an A and an L... what do you think those initials stand for?
From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Remember when we talked about the March on Washington? This is where Martin Luther King Jr. stood to give his "I Have a Dream" speech! This whole mall was filled with people!
From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Remember when we talked about the March on Washington? This is where Martin Luther King Jr. stood to give his "I Have a Dream" speech! This whole mall was filled with people!
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is for all of the soldiers who fought and died for our freedom overseas. It has names written across it from one end to the other!
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is for all of the soldiers who fought and died for our freedom overseas. It has names written across it from one end to the other!
This is one end of the World War 2 Memorial. This side represents the fight in Asia/The Pacific.
This is one end of the World War 2 Memorial. This side represents the fight in Asia/The Pacific.
This side stands for the fight in Europe. Roland Lavoie, the soldier whose memorial we are going to clean up fought in the European part of the war!
This side stands for the fight in Europe. Roland Lavoie, the soldier whose memorial we are going to clean up fought in the European part of the war!
Each star on this wall represents 100 soldiers who fought in World War 2 for our country.
Each star on this wall represents 100 soldiers who fought in World War 2 for our country.
Each state also has a wreath. Can you find Rhode Island's in this picture?
Each state also has a wreath. Can you find Rhode Island's in this picture?
Sunset over the Lincoln Memorial. It's that rectangle in the background!
Sunset over the Lincoln Memorial. It's that rectangle in the background!
The Washington Monument! Do you remember which president this was created in memory of? He was famous for being our first United States President! You used to be able to go all the way to the top, but it became really unsafe!
The Washington Monument! Do you remember which president this was created in memory of? He was famous for being our first United States President! You used to be able to go all the way to the top, but it became really unsafe!
Do you remember who lives here?? This family is pretty important!!!
Do you remember who lives here?? This family is pretty important!!!
Mr. Chaffee and I in front of the White House! The President and his family live here!  They are: Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, and his daughters Malia and Sasha (and their dogs)!
Mr. Chaffee and I in front of the White House! The President and his family live here! They are: Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, and his daughters Malia and Sasha (and their dogs)!

Technical Difficulties

For some reason, the pictures that I took on my phone don't want to upload! I will probably be able to upload more over April Vacation! There were more really great shots of all the monuments! Stay tuned for updates!


Our schedule for Tuesday: the Smithsonian Museums and the National Archives!

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