Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC – A Fitting Tribute

By Lakshmi:

Who?  Anyone visiting the Washington DC area must absolutely visit this spot.  It is indeed a jewel in the crown of the many monuments dotting the DC landscape.

What? The Lincoln Memorial is located on the Mall in Washington DC and is open 24 hours a day (except Christmas Day)

How? You can take the Metro to the Smithsonian station and walk the path across the Mall and along the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial.

Why?  Abraham Lincoln’s role and legacy in US history needs no repeating.  The Lincoln Memorial is an absolutely fitting tribute to the 16th President of the United States.  From the first time I visited this monument many years ago to every visit I’ve made over the years, the site continues to move me.  As you walk across the reflecting pool and climb the steps towards the monument, the 36 Doric columns seem to play hide and seek with Lincoln.  Majestic is the first word that comes to mind when you set eyes on the gleaming block of marble from Georgia that has been chiseled with love and dedication by Daniel Chester French into Lincoln’s statue.  As you work your way up from the folds of clothing, towards the intense face of the man sitting in absolute composure, his infamous Gettysburg speech rings in your years.  This speech along with Lincoln’s second inaugural address are carved into the walls of the monument.  History buffs would also know that Dr, Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech on the steps of this very monument.

To truly appreciate the beauty of this monument, you need to visit it by day and again by night when it is lit up beautifully.  As you watch the cars whizzing by to and from Virginia behind the memorial, Lincoln seems to be looking down on his city, his nation promising that he is watching over its people.

To learn more about the Lincoln Memorial, please visit the National Park Service website at:

http://www.nps.gov/linc/index.htm

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