Veterans War Memorials, Washington D.C.
The Navy Memorial was dedicated in 1987 and the museum opened in 1991. The monument itself features four fountains, two flagpoles, 26 small bronze sculptures commemorating various Navy achievements, and a life-size sailor surveying a granite map of the globe.
The following quotes are engraved on the monument:
* “I have not yet begun to fight!” - Captain John Paul Jones - 1779
* “Don’t give up the ship!” - Captain James Lawrence - 1813
* “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” - Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry - 1813
* “Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.” - Admiral David Farragut - 1864
* "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind" - Captain Neil Armstrong - 1969
Other navy monuments in the Washington DC area include the Civil War Sailors Monument (aka Peace Monument) at the Capitol Building, the World War I Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial on in Lady Bird Johnson Park on Columbia Island in Arlington, Virginia, and the United States Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington.
The monument is located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, on 7th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Indiana Avenue in Washington, D.C.
Not far from the Vietnam Memorial is a statue commemorating the work women in uniform performed during the Vietnam War. This moving work shows a nurse tending to a wounded soldier while her colleague scans the skies for the rescue helicopter. The detail is impressive and the emotion conveyed is powerful.
A poignant tribute to those who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, this display shows artists' illustrations of fallen U.S. service members. It is housed in the Women's Memorial at Arlington Cemetery.
On a path off of Indendence Ave. you will find this beautiful marble gazebo honoring the veterans of foreign wars.
There wasn't another person around, a rare treat for a Sunday on the Mall. Surrounded by trees, this gem was a wonderful find, and good spot for some quiet reflection.
The Korean War Memorial...often over-shadowed by the Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials, the Korean War Memorial is located just the other side of the reflecting pool from Vietnam and is worth a stop by if just to see the artwork. As you walk up the slope, the names of the countries who contributed to the UN force are listed in stone on the left and at the top of the memorial are the words 'Freedom is not free'...quite appropriate for this neglected conflict. This picture was taken from the top of the slope looking back towards the Lincoln Memorial. Take ten minutes while you're visiting Lincoln and pay your respects...the perfect segue if you've just walked across the river from Arlington...this is what we did and it was fabulous (given, or course, that we had 70 degree weather in February!).
And I think it is wonderful that they finally erected a monument commemorating our nurses in Vietman. These heroic women were like a touch of 'back home' to the military men. These Angels were very much appreciated.
The images captured within this shot of the Vietnam Wall are unbelievable. Look closely. At the bottom left you will see ghost like images of soldiers killed during the war. The white ghost-like soldiers marching in the background are soldiers from the Korean War in the 50s. These are actually life size statues positioned independently adjacent to the Vietnam Wall. Their images are simply being reflected on the Wall. In the woman's shadow, you can see more images of soldiers who were killed during this war. And at the top of the wall you can catch a glimpse of the Lincoln Memorial. So much imagery captured in one picture. It's as if the Wall is speaking to you of it's pain, misery, and death.
The lady is a friend of mine. Her name is Mary. She was there to attend the wedding of her niece. Mary will be married in about a week to one of my best friends.