“Pic of the Week”, December 21, 2018: The National Christmas Tree, Washington DC

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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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Martlin Luther King Jr Memorial, Washington D.C.

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“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 …

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“Pic of the Week”, February 16, 2018: Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC

Washington 285 Lincoln Memorial at night

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 …

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