Living History in Washington, D.C.

Living History in Washington, D.C.

One of my favorite parts about living in Washington D.C. is that you are surrounded by history everywhere you go. I am often bewildered by thoughts of the significant historic events that occurred where I stand in the present.

 

For instance, I have been amazed sitting at the Lincoln Memorial, picturing Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, or viewing the original Supreme Court chamber where so many landmark decisions were made, or even standing at the steps of the National Archives, where a young Nicholas Cage first plotted to steal the Declaration of Independence (sorry, I couldn’t help myself).

 

Understanding the history this city has to offer, I have made it a priority to visit many of these sites, and take the time to fully appreciate them. Renting a bicycle and exploring the city has become a favorite activity of mine this summer. Here is a list of some of my favorite historical sites:

 

Jefferson Memorial

The Jefferson Memorial is my favorite place in Washington D.C., especially at night. I am always struck by the beauty of the Tidal Basin and the serenity of the temple in which Jefferson is enshrined. This monument always makes me reflect on the brilliance of our Founding Fathers and the system they designed.

 

 

Lincoln Memorial

Though it is difficult to visit this monument without a large crowd gathered, I highly suggest visiting the Lincoln Memorial alone. Standing in the presence of Lincoln’s larger than life figure, one can truly appreciate the sacrifices made to preserve the Union.

 

Air Force Memorial

Although the Air Force Memorial is further away than most sites in the D.C. area, it is definitely worth the trip. Located near the Pentagon, this monument is a powerful tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in aerial combat.

 

 

These are some of my favorite places in Washington D.C. so far, but there is much more to explore this summer. Stay tuned!

 

Ray Mosca

 

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