Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
The Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial, are two of my favorite monuments. Like many buildings in D.C., they are Greek in design, featuring columns, wide stairways and, of course, imposing statues as their centerpieces. The Lincoln Memorial is situated at the end of a long reflecting pool and the Jefferson Memorial sits across a tidal basin from the center of the National Mall, giving each their signature photogenic qualities, particularly as night falls and their ivory facades are washed in illumination. (Unfortunately, I was only 13 at the time and had not yet taken up photography as an addictive hobby).
Facing Capitol building, at the other end of the national mall, a large but austere monument celebrates Abraham Lincoln's memory. To a foreigner it is just a common big and modern monument, but it's easy to understand what it means to American people.
Reproducing a Greek temple, with Doric columns, it was built in 1922 by Henry Bacon,with a statue conceived by Daniel Chester French.
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was one of our greatest presidents. He is honored on the 1 cent coin (the penny), the Federal Reserves (a private bank NOT owned by the U.S. government nor part of the U.S. government) $5 dollar bill at Mount Rushmore and here at Lincoln Memorial. Lincoln would have found it ironic that he is honored on the $5 dollar bill since his assassin (John Wilks Booth) was financed by the international bankers (whom now print US dollars) and really didn't want him to be president anymore since he stood in the way of business... specifically their kind of business. See below:
"The Government should create, issue and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers. The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of Government, but it is in the Government's greatest creative opportunity. By the adoption of these principles ... the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity."
`Gerald G. McGeer also stated that Lincoln's assassination was not purely because the International Bankers wanted to re-establish a central bank in America, but also because they wanted to base America's currency on gold, which they of course controlled. They wanted to put America on a Gold Standard. This was in direct opposition to President Lincoln's policy of issuing Greenbacks, based solely on the good faith and credit of the United States. ` - The French Connection: The History of the Money Changers http://www.iamthewitness.com/books/Andrew.Carrington.Hitchcock/The.History.of.the.Money.Changers.htm
Monument was built to honor the 16th President of the United States.
The exterior of the Memorial echoes a classic Greek temple and features Yule marble
The interior of the Memorial is divided into three chambers. The north and south side chambers contain carved inscriptions of Lincoln's second inaugural address and his Gettysburg Address.
Lying between the north and south chambers is the central hall containing the solitary figure of Lincoln sitting in contemplation.
Here are my fun facts about The Lincoln Memorial:
1. There is a typo in Lincoln’s second inaugural address carved into the wall on the right wall of the memorial. Look closely for the word “FUTURE” that was originally carved as “EUTURE.” It would have been too expensive to re-carve the entire wall so the mistake was simply filled in but is still noticeable.The sculpture has been at the center of two urban legends.
2. Another popular legend is that Lincoln is shown using sign language to represent his initials, with his left hand shaped to form an "A" and his right hand to form an "L", the president's initials. The National Park Service denies it however.
3. Plaster casts of Abraham Lincoln's face were used by the sculptor to make the monument's statue.
It is open to the public 24 hours a day.
The Lincoln Memorial is an iconic memorial to visit not only for its homage to a significant historical figure but also for its significance as a place where numerous momentous speeches and demonstrations have occurred including of course Presidential inauguration speeches and Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech.” It is also a great place to stand at and get an appreciation of the National Mall and the Washington Monument.
Don’t forget to go to the small museum that charts the path to civil rights for Black Americans which is to the left below the steps of the memorial.
One of our greatest Presidents. Reviled by many, revered by many. I am ambivalent in these regards. He sealed his mission with his blood.
I am particularly partial to the lively and surprising account of his life and times presented in Michael Medved's historical recording "The Real Lincoln."
In recent news (summer 2013) a woman was arrested bc she threw green paint on to the Lincoln statue in the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln is now cleaned up and handsome as ever.
At the Lincoln Memorial you can visit the reflecting pool, the World War monuments and the Korean war monument in this area. The reflecting pool was particularly special to see where Jenny and Forest gump reunited in DC.
We were there with my daughter and our friend right after the memorial was defaced with green paint in 2013. Prior to that, My son's team came to this area to participate in a Cal Ripkin tournament. Before we went up to Aberdeen, MD, they had a few games with a local Little League team, and visited many of the tourist sites. They had their pictures taken in front of the White House and the Lincoln Memorial as well as going to National Archives.
The Lincoln Memorial is free and is open 24 hours a day. Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm daily. Like at all NP sites, there is a bookstore.
If you don't know any questions to ask the rangers, you can ask about where the marble was quarried (in Marble Colorado for the building and Tate Georgia for the statue), what the 36 columns represent (As an afterthought, the 36 columns required for the design were seen to represent the 25 U.S. states at the time of Lincoln's death, as well as the 11 seceded States), and what mistake was made in the carving of the text of the speeches (On the text of the Second Inaugeral Address, the word Future was carved with an E instead of F and had to be filled in and can still be seen today)
One of the most iconic buildings in DC - this memorial is at the west end of the Mall. The building itself looks like something out of Greece - and on the inside you are treated to an enormous statue of Honest Abe and copies of the Gettsyburg Address and his second inaugural address.
Look for several urban legends within the memorial - Is Abe signing (sign language) his initials with his hands? Is the face of Robert E Lee engraved in his hair? I think I buy the first, probably not the second :)
Abraham Lincoln is one of the most, if not the most, beloved President in US history. Maybe even the most beloved person. He is associated with strength in standing up for the rights of man, winning the Civil War, and most of all for ending slavery in the US. He's been played in hundreds of movies and TV shows, most recently of which the Spielberg epic Lincoln, where Daniel Day Lewis's spellbinding performance won him the Best Actor Oscar.
The memorial attracts millions of visitors a year, and occasionally great events will be held here, with speakers wishing to channel some of Lincoln's greatness for themselves, or, like Martin Luther King, to use Lincoln's achievements to cast into stark contrast the failures of the present. When Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech on the steps of the memorial it was a hundred years since Lincoln's proclamation of emancipation. Nearly a quarter of a million people gathered at the steps to hear him.
Outside the Memorial is a simple, square neoclassical design, which sits elegantly above the Reflecting Pool. Inside, behind the colonnade, an imposing sculpture of Lincoln himself sits, looking in the direction of the Senate, like a watchful father. Depending on what angle you look at him, he can seem stern, stoic, sad, or contemplative. A statue as complex as the man himself.
Night or day, the Lincoln Memorial is amazingly impressive and inspirational. I went to his birthplace for the centennial of his birth, and spent four days in the area. While I loved the celebratory spirit in Kentucky, all of this combined was not as inspirational as just a few minutes gazing up at his statue from the top of the steps and then turning for a brief look out across Washington, the Reflecting Pool, the Monument, the Capitol, et al.
Take a penny with you when you go.
The Lincoln Memorial is very probably the second most popular memorial in the District of Columbia, second only to the Washington Monument. On 28 August 1963, approximately 200,000 people peacefully gathered near the Lincoln Memorial, many accidentally (???) spilling into the Reflecting Pool, with the Washington Monument surreally towering in the background, to protest racial segregation and to demand voting rights for African Americans. The day's final speaker, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., offered one of the most memorable speeches in American history, ending with these resounding words: "...When we allow freedom to ring, ... we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we're free at last.'"
The Memorial is a moving tribute to a great American President and the nation he fought to preserve during the Civil War, (the country's bloodiest conflict ever.)
It seems that not only "We the people of the United States of America..." revere this president, but people from many other countries seem to have a high regard for the man and he seems to have inspired them too.
The Memorial was actually planned as early as 1867, 2 years after Lincoln’s untimely death, but it was not until 1922 when it was dedicated! Inscribed just above the Lincoln Statue: 'In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union,
the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.
One of the most instantly recognizable of the monuments and memorials in Washington is the one honoring our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln was President during the Civil War (1861-65) a man of enormous importance in our history.
The view from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial is one of the classic pictures of Washington, especially when you see the Reflecting Pools filled. (now in restoration) It is also magnificent in the autumn when the leaves are changing colors.
Few places are identified as closely with the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. It was here that Dr Martin Luther King delivered the historic " I have a Dream" speech on August 23, 1963 before at least 250,000 people. 100 years earlier President Lincoln had delivered the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves.
Inside there is a small visitor center with a presentation about the Civil Rights movement.
Recently once again I found myself back in Washington DC and decided that I would make a return trip to the Lincoln Memorial and spend the day in that area of the National Mall..I took the Metro to Foggy Bottom Station and then walked down to the Memorial..as it was a particularly nice day I decided that with so much to see in this marvelous part of the city that I would visit many sites..
This is a wonderful Memorial and is voted one of the American peoples favourites..This monument looks wonderful when lit up at night when its image is seen in the reflecting pool. The location is set out wonderfully looking up the National Mall and over the reflecting pool to the Washington Monument and WW II Memorial...really impressive.This monument is also administered by the National Park Service..
INFO: C/- WIKIPEDIA. Construction began on this monument in February 1914 after a grant of $300.000 from Congress to honour Abraham Lincoln the 16th president of the United States and was finally opened by President Harding on May 30th 1922.
The construction is in the Greek" Doric" form of architecture and contains a large sculptured Abraham Lincoln seated along with two inscriptions of his most famous speeches "The Gettysburg Address" and the" Second Inaugural Address" which can be found on opposite walls on the inside of the monument
In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever. Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States — the Great Emancipator and preserver of the nation during the Civil War — sits immortalized in marble. As an enduring symbol of Freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope.