|Our Nation's Capitol!|
|The Jefferson Monument was one of my favorite places. |
I have such an admiration for what he accomplished.
|The Lincoln Memorial has square sides, rather than the round shape of Jefferson's Monument.|
|Looking down the mall from Lincoln's Memorial.|
|The size of Lincoln is breathtaking.|
|We walked down the mall from Lincoln's Memorial to the WW II Memorial. |
With all my heart I wish my dad could have seen this in his liftetime. I was moved to tears
by the love and respect for our WW II vets that this memorial represents.
|My dad served at Peleliu. He shared his stories of the war in the autobiography he wrote in |
the last few years. It was incredibly moving to see Peleliu represented at the memorial.
|Washington's Monument was closed to the public due to the earthquake they had.|
|The Newseum was a fascinating look at our world through the eyes of journalism.|
|We could have spent an entire day in the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum.|
We had arranged for a private tour of the Capitol on our last day there through Congressman Sam Farr's office. We took an underground tunnel from the Congressman's office building to the Capitol. I can't even describe the history and the beauty of what we saw, we saw so much, and our tour guide (an intern) was full of interesting details.
|As a member of the DAR I couldn't skip seeing the DAR Headquarters while there! This is their library, full of geneology records. You can't see the beautiful sky lights in this photo.|
|The National Cathedral|
Not included among all these photos were our visits to the Spy Museum, the Natural History Museum (another one we could have spent a full day in -- it's fabulous), and last but not least -- the National Archives where we got to see the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution.
It was one fabulous vacation and I feel so fortunate to have been able to spend such quality time with my daughters and see all of these fantastic sites. And now our summer vacation 2012 is a very sweet, beloved memory.