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We arrived in Washington, DC just  two days after the announcement of Osama Ben Ladin’s death.  The story is in the papers and newstand magazines,  but there was no evidence of the “celebration” that was everywhere on the nightly news before our arrival.

… Donald and I must have walked 15 miles today, and taken 300 pictures! Our cell phones and our legs, are drained.  We walked from our hotel to the subway, then to the:

WWII memorial

(West end of the mall/reflecting pool) including my father’s name listed in the international, digital registry.  An oval surround of granite  columns represent each American state and colony.   Each column is decked with a huge carved wreath.

WWII Memorial

Gigantic entrance portals are on the north (Atlantic Theater) and south    (Pacific Theater) ends.  The memorial is situated about halfway between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument at the east and  west ends, respectively.

A wall of 4000 stars,representing 100 men each, for those who died in WWII, is flanked by waterfall   Bass relief scenes of combat from each branch of the military and supporters back home, including farmers and “Rosie Riveters.”   A WWII veteran was being interviewed by a local TV station for the nightly news coverage of a memorial event honoring those veterans earlier in the morning.

Interestingly, the reflecting pool is under total reconstruction due to an ongoing problem with leaks through the bedrock.  Its not too pretty,  but I took a picture anyway, documenting its historical makeover.

Washington monument

(pictures from about 25 angles…just couldn’t get over its majesty)  FYI- to get one of the 2000 tickets issued daily to enter and go to the top of the great obilisk, one must be at the tiny “ticket building/bathrooms” at 7:30 in the morning.  Forget touring the White House- that requires a 6-month, advance reservation.


Lincoln memorial


  • (East end of the mall/reflecting pool)  Met a nice young couple, from Germany, who had only the day to see DC, enroute back to Canada, where they have lived the past year, working as a pastry chef (her) and server (him) while touring Canada and the US.


George Washington University

Koren War memorial

Environmental Protection Agency

J. Edgar Hoover building

Ronald Regan International Trade Center

WWI Statue :

(a gilded, flaming sword, held aloft)  It was not labeled with the name of the war, just its dates.





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