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    Momentos of the WWII

    by Yaqui Updated Feb 2, 2013

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    Favorite thing: When you visit the WWII Memorial you might come across some wonderful mementos of photographs, flowers, hats, and so many other things left behind in remembrance to those lost or those who have survived. The day we were there, a lovely photgraph of Jean and Abram Goldsworthy was left next to the Atlantic Pavilion.

    Located on the National Mall in Washington, DC and dedicated to our 16 million men and women who served and over 400,000 who sacrificed their lives during this conflict from 1939 to 1945. The memorial was dedication was on May 29th, 2004. This memorial has another place in my heart because my mother served during this conflict as a WAC in France and England and boarded the Queen Mary in Scotland, which took her to New York then boarded a train to Delhi, Oklahoma, her hometown.

    Open All Year

    Closures
    December 25th. Memorial may be secured for events celebrating National Independence Day.

    Here is a great site to learn more about this conflict. A very good site. The World at war, history WW 1939-1945

    1-800-639-4WW2
    17 th street and Constitution Avenue
    Between Lincoln's Memorial / Washington Monument
    WWII Memorial

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    The FBI Building

    by lmkluque Updated Jan 28, 2012

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    Favorite thing: This is actually the J. Edgar Hoover Building but commonly referred to as the FBI Building. The Brutalist architectural style was not well recieved and is still a bit controversial with city residents. I didn't take one of their tours, because the Federal Budget hadn't bee sorted out yet so all Federal offices/museums were closed, but honestly while passing it on the road, I have to admit that the style was shocking compared to so many really graceful buildings throughout this city. I felt the same about the Lincoln Center as well.

    J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building
    Home to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. is located at:

    935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
    E Street, between 9th and 10th streets
    Phone: 324-3447
    Admission: FREE One hour tours given.

    Update:

    Tours are not an option at this time.

    When you plan a trip to D.C. you might check with the FBI's website to see if tours have resumed

    J. Edgar Hoover Building
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    World War II Victory Medal

    by Yaqui Updated Feb 17, 2011

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    Favorite thing: There is a huge bronze sculpture located on the floor of the WWII Memorial. Many may not know what the significance of this emblem. It is the WWII Victory Medal for service in the US Armed Forces between 07 Dec 1941 and 31 Dec 1946. My mother has this medal.

    Description: The bronze medal is 1 3/8 inches in width. On the front is a figure of Liberation standing full length with head turned to dexter looking to the dawn of a new day, right foot resting on a war god’s helmet with the hilt of a broken sword in the right hand and the broken blade in the left hand, the inscription "WORLD WAR II" placed immediately below the center. On the reverse are the inscriptions "FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND WANT" and "FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION" separated by a palm branch, all within a circle composed of the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1914 1945."

    WWII Memorial: open All Year

    Closures
    December 25th. Memorial may be secured for events celebrating National Independence Day.

    1-800-639-4WW2
    Located on 17 th street and Constitution Avenue
    Between Lincoln's Memorial / Washington Monument
    Website: http://www.wwiimemorial.com/
    Other Contact: http://www.nps.gov/nwwm/

    Fondest memory: This medal has meaning to my family. My mom earned it for her service as WAC during WWII while stationed in England and France.

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    WWII Memorial

    by Pawtuxet Updated Nov 4, 2008

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    Favorite thing: One of the newer monuments on the mall is the World WAr II Memorial. It is a series of symbolic pillars and vistas. Each state is represented. Each side of the overall monument is considered to be a "theater" of war. The Pacific and the Atlantic. There are waterfalls, quotes and dates carved into the marble, and many places where people are reminded of loved ones lost...or a victory won. It's an enormous memorial...perhaps owing to the enormity of the war. There are varying viewpoints about the design of it, but I guess that Wash., DC is known for its variety of opinions and attitudes.
    The WWII memorial features quite a bit of water...probably to symbolize the way the war took place across two oceans. We look towards the Lincoln memorial and the great mall extension between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. It's a huge expanse of park, memorials and the Smithsonian buildings.

    fountains at WWII Memorial
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    P.S. A surprise in the Natl. Cathedral....Eleanor!

    by Pawtuxet Updated Apr 15, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I was stunned as I walked through the halls outside the main church, and found above a doorway..... Eleanor Roosevelt!! I asked a guide about it, and he told me she is the only woman who has been memorialized in their hallways...with many other notables. You go, girl!! Good for Eleanor. She was quite a lady!! Indeed.

    Eleanor Roosevelt
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    Incredible FREE tour!!

    by bjamin32 Written Jan 20, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Check out this FREE tour of the memorials. it is a new company called DC by Foot. They meet Daily and the tour is incredible. THe guides must be congressional interns or something cuz they know their stuff!
    The website for it is dcbyfoot.com
    Honestly, I have been on about 20 walking tours across the globe, and this was the most interesting and entertaining. I would reccomend it to my Dad and my 6 year old nephew.
    Incredible tour.

    Fondest memory: My best memory was the DC By Foot Tour. I'm telling you, check out this free tour...you will not be disapointed.

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    The many monuments and memorials

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 17, 2007

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    Favorite thing: DC is a momument city...throughout the city you'll come across monuments and statues dedicated to some of our founding fathers, great inventors and of course important individuals that helped shape our country.

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    by Buckmarko Written Jul 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The tourmobile is a great way to get around the monuments. It's a bit pricey ($25) but it's good for senior citizens and small kids to get around. It stops at 5 PM however. You can get a seperate night tour of the monuments that starts at 7:30.

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    Art on Call

    by Tom_Fields Written Jul 12, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Starting during the 1860s, the city of Washington began installing call boxes for emergencies such as police and the fire department. These boxes were obsolete by the 1970s. So a group of artists and community activists pooled their know-how and resources to turn these would-be eyesores into works of art.

    The bronze carvings in these boxes illustrate different stories from Washington's local history. Most are not about famous historic events, but instead humble scenes of daily life from ages past.

    They are all over the Adams Morgan, Kalorama, Mt Pleasant, and Dupont Circle neighborhoods. Here is one of the most uniquely charming, idiosyncratic things about the nation's capital.

    Fondest memory: Look for these along the sidewalks. For more information, visit:

    http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/info-url_nocat2536/info-url_nocat_show.htm?doc_id=233137

    Nancotchtank Indians in Mt Pleasant Civil War hospital in Mt Pleasant Police call box Early firefighters Diplomatic envoy Joel Barlow
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    History speaking in solemn atmosphere

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: We had to wait over one hour in a line to enter the National Archives Building. But I can't complain about that, never. I am very happy to visit this unforgettable place.

    First, we were let in the newly open William G. McGowan Theatre to watch an interesting movie on the history of the most important documents stored in the National Archives and about their preservation which was great introduction into the exhibition. Then we had to wait a bit in front of highly decorated, partly gold fence with a gate leading to the round large hall called Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom and decorated with murals showing twenty-five delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Visitors are let in one by one and asked to keep silence and steady move in clockwise direction. The most important documents, the originals are displayed in heavy lighted glass cases along the rotunda's walls including the three highlights placed centrally:
    - the Constitution of the United States of America
    - the Bill of Rights
    - the Declaration of the Independence.
    Despite long line behind us we were moving quite slow as everyone wanted to see, read and some to take a picture (no flash) of the highllights. There is something very touching in solemn atmoaphere of this place.

    It was a good idea to pay a short visit to the National Archives and see personally these world's famous documents although a new exhibit called the Public Vaults was not open yet in October 2004. Now, additional over 1,000 records (originals or reproductions) from the National Archives holdings are displayed.

    More details and pictures in my Things To Do tips # 64 - 89. Start here, please.

    THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES BUILDING THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES BUILDING WE THE PEOPLE... THE CHARTERS OF FREEDOM, ENTRANCE ROTUNDA OF THE CHARTERS OF FREEDOM
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    Seeing Washington D.C. at night

    by gosiaPL Written Jan 30, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Another type of Old Town Trolley tours is the night tour. It takes 2.5 hours to introduce you to D.C.'s main sites and memorials by moonlight. We had a few short stops and then two stops that lasted long enough for us to explore the Roosevelt Memorial and the WWII Memorial.
    I did this tour on my first evening, and the next morning I went on the get-on-and-off-board tour picking the places I really wanted to see. The night tour is really great, you can see how amazing some of the memorials and buildings look - almost as if they were on fire!

    Fondest memory: Some of the sites looked as if they were out of this world. Imagine the Washington Monument as if an obelisk of light mirrored in the Reflecting Pool in front of Lincoln Memorial.
    What I also liked on this tour was the stories and anecdotes told by the trolley driver :-)

    The Lincoln Memorial at night
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    Old Town Trolley tours

    by gosiaPL Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This kind of organised tours is not my favourite, but having only two days to see Washington D.C. and wanting to see as much of it as possible, the Old Town Trolley tour seemed perfect! You see a lot as you go along, and what is more important, you can get off the trolley at any stop, see a place of your choice, and then get on board another trolley without paying any additional fee.

    The trolleys come and go every half an hour. Sometimes they are packed with people and you may have to wait for the next one, but then the driver calls the office and they send another trolley within 10-15 minutes (it happened to me by the National Cathedral).
    For more info check my Transportation tip.

    Fondest memory: Seeing the city from the trolley rather than looking at Metro tunnels. Well, I did use the Metro twice, but riding on the trolley was more fun :-) Plus you get a better idea of where the different places are located in relation to one another, instead of getting bits of D.C. when you go in and out of the Metro. Oh, and the trolley stops right by the place you want to visit!

    On the Old Town Trolley
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    International Spy Museum

    by frankcanfly Updated Jul 6, 2004

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    Fondest memory: If you're intrigued by, or work with, intelligence gathering and all the history and gadgets that go with it, you'll enjoy this place!

    P.S. Photography in the museum is 'prohibited'.... yeah yeah...

    www.spymuseum.org

    James Bond car

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    Theodore Roosevelt Island and Memorial

    by yooperprof Written Jan 22, 2004

    Favorite thing: The TR Memorial - on TR Island - is only accessible from the Arlington side of the river. It's a good place to feel like you're a long way away from the hub and bub of the city, even on a crowded summer day. It's also a good place to practice your oratorical stance, taking lessons in posture and facial expressions from the great master Teddy himself.

    Friiends, we are gathered here today. . .

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    Washington DC, a postcard overview

    by Martin_S. Updated Sep 30, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I wish that I could have been the one to take this picture, but had to get it off a postcard. It is great you can see all the "Mall" between the capitol and the Lincoln Memorial and from the Jefferson Memorial to the Washington Monument.

    Washington DC Postcard
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