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Five Reasons D.C. Monuments Are Timeless

This past week, I visited many of the monuments and memorials on the National Mall with one of my closest friends who came to visit me in D.C. While there, we found the monuments to be more than just tourist attractions. Here's what we decided makes them so timeless:

 

1. They are empowering.


 

Upon arriving at the World War II Memorial, I was reminded of the strong women who stepped up, spoke out and finally began breaking ground in the work place. If it was not for these strong women who had a large role in supporting our country during those hard times, I would not be the person I am today.

 

2. They are a reminder.

 

 

As a person with a strong family history in the military, this piece of the Korean War Memorial really struck a chord with me. Both of my great grandfathers fought in World War II, my grandfather fought in Vietnam, and my father served as a Marine during the Gulf War. The statement “Freedom is not free” is a powerful statement that I truly believe everyone can find some personal truth in.

 

3. They are a warning.

 

 

It was incredibly eye-opening to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and read the quote pictured above: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." The only way I could describe the overwhelming feeling that came over me was a sense of being warned, especially in the current state of our country.

 

4. They are comforting.

 

 

This may be a bit of a stretch for some, and maybe ‘comforting’ isn’t the right word. That being said, finding little pieces of home among the memorials gave me a sense of support and a distraction from the general loneliness that sometimes happens when you’re in a (still relatively) new place, far away from your friends and family.

 

5. And finally, they are just beautiful!


 

Above is a photo I took at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and I am in no way a photographer. I could only begin to capture the power and beauty of these memorials and monuments, so if you really want to feel overwhelmed by these magnificent works of architectural art, head down to the National Mall and check them out for yourself.

 

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