I don’t think the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the Mall in Washington D.C. needs much introduction. We all know what it is and what it’s for. I will however tell you that it doesn’t matter if you have a personal connection to it; the Memorial is still an emotional experience. We were all very touched. Even the Karate Kid felt this wall sent a very powerful message about war in general.
If you on the other hand do not know too much about it, you can read up on it here. I strongly advise setting aside a few quiet minutes here at the wall as opposed to just snapping a couple photos in the passing.
Serendipitously, we came full circle with our last stop on our winter vacation, the Lincoln Memorial. We started in Gettysburg at Gettysburg National Military Park, where Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address, and we ended at the Lincoln Memorial with the Gettysburg Address written on the wall. The mere scale of the statue and the memorial fills you with awe. And the view once you turn around towards the Mall and the Washington Monument (as I have written about here) is breathtaking, even on a rainy day like we had. The idea of the Mall and the sculptures, the geometry of it all, strikes me as genius. L’Enfant, and everyone else involved throughout time to think it, execute it, maintain it – I tip my hat to you. Job well done indeed.
Now that I have shared with you all my pictures and feelings from our winter vaccy in the US, all that is left is a round up post, including practicalities like route, rental cars and hotels. The last post will be uploaded sometime during the weekend. Until then: Happy Blogging and Rock On!