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I felt lucky to have seen the National Christmas tree beautifully decorated and lite up during a visit to Washington DC. The National Christmas Tree is situated in President’s Park, right across from the White House. For almost a century a beautiful tree has been decorated and illuminated at this site and it has become part of the nation’s Christmas tradition.
The tree contains over 75,000 individual LED bulbs (donated by GE). It’s lite every day from dusk until about midnight. The walkway surrounding the National Christmas tree features 56 smaller state and territory trees, each decorated with unique hand-made ornaments. Musical groups from across the country provide entertainment. And, like many things in DC, it’s completely free.
Merry Christmas to all!
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One of the more unusual and more interesting monuments in Washington DC is the Korean War Memorial. The Memorial is situated on the National Mall, close to the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool.
The Korean War started in 1950 with the North Korean Invasion of South Korea. North Korea was supported by China and the USSR; the United States lead a 21-nation United Nations force to help South Korea. The war lasted for three years and ended in a tense stalemate which lingers to this day. Hopefully things are finally moving towards a more peaceful Korean peninsula.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial commemorates the service and sacrifice of 5.8 million Americans who served during the three-years of the Korean War. The United …
When the Space Shuttle program was discontinued in the early years of the Obama administration, museums around the world scrambled for the right to receive and exhibit one of the four remaining shuttles. It seems highly appropriate that one of these unique spacecraft should find its final home at the prestigious Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (located in Virginia, close to Washington Dulles Airport, about a half hour’s drive from downtown DC).
Situated in a separate wing of the Udvar-Hazy Center with other relics of space travel (including an especially an impressive collection of satellites), the Shuttle is one of the Center’s prized exhibits. The shuttle Discovery is parked so that you can walk around it …
Situated on Florida’s east coast, 15 miles from the Cape Canaveral launch pads, is the small town of Titusville. Titusville sits on the Indian River and has a lovely park on its waterfront called “Space View Park”, wherein we stopped while making our way to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for some bird-watching. The park is a lovely shaded spot with some wonderful views towards the Kennedy Space Center and, to our delight, had a great monument to the earliest American astronauts, the Project Mercury team.
I was a schoolboy during the great era of space travel that President Kennedy’s challenge spawned in the 1960s. “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do other things not …
“Out of the Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope”
One of the newer memorials in Washington DC is also one of its most unusual and memorable. The Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Memorial is located adjacent to the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, beside the National Mall and the FDR Memorial. The MLK Memorial is spread along the banks of the Tidal Basin and cover four acres, but is centered on a carving of the famous Civil Rights leader.
The MLK statue is incorporated into part of a large granite boulder that has been sliced into three pieces, much like the layers of a giant sandwich. To enter the monument from the National Mall, you walk through the outer two …
Always held the 3rd Monday of February, President’s Day is intended to honor the first President, George Washington’s, birthday. February (12th to be precise) is also the birthday of the President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President.
Both men were great leaders who are remembered on their nation’s currency and through monuments in the nation’s capital. Today’s Pic features my personal favorite, the Lincoln Memorial. Built at the western end of the Washington Mall and styled after a Greek Doric Temple (which like Lincoln is featured on the $5 bill), there’s a H-U-G-E sculpture of Lincoln is inside. If the Lincoln statue could stand up, it would be 29 ft (8.5 m) tall. It’s carved of Georgia white marble and weighs 175 tons. The …
Washington DC dresses up beautifully for the holidays, as witnessed by this gorgeous and huge Christmas tree at Reagan airport! Merry Christmas, everyone!
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I attended a medical meeting at Disney World not long ago which was held at the award-winning Dolphin and Swan Resort complex. I’d never been to these hotels before and found them to be pretty impressive. Very massive modern structures, with over 2000 rooms between the two of them, they had interesting architecture, sitting beside a man-made lake. The resorts are near the Disney Boardwalk and very close to one of Disney World’s entrances.
Boat services on the lagoon allows guests to get from the resorts to various water-based destinations around Disney World, such as Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Each hotel has many restaurants and those I tried had excellent (albeit not cheap) food.
I was a little surprised that …