Part 2 of Washington DC series. Photos are from my nephew’s (James Murphy) recent Washington visit
Washington, D. C. has so many places to visit and things to do – many of them are free and deeply connected to the history of our young country. When you visit, you can be overwhelmed by all that is around you. Take a break, have dinner, and then in the evening go to a historic memorial like The National WW II Memorial or the famous Lincoln Memorial.
“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 sits immortalized in marble as an enduring symbol of unity, strength, and wisdom.
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865, just as the Civil War was ending. By March of 1867, Congress incorporated the Lincoln Monument Association to build a memorial to the slain 16th president. You can learn about the main features of the Lincoln Memorial, including the statue of Lincoln, murals, and inscriptions at the Parks Service Lincoln Memorial Site.
The solitary figure of Lincoln sitting in contemplation was carved by the Piccirilli brothers under the supervision of the sculptor, Daniel Chester French, and took four years to complete. Daniel Chester French devoted several years to researching Abraham Lincoln and studying photographs of him. French decided that the special qualities found in the sixteenth president were his strength combined with his compassionate nature.
The shadows and lights make the visit even more memorable as we remember Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal….
Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 during the dedication ceremony for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. This address was selected for its familiarity to many, but also because it displayed the president’s strength and determination to see a successful conclusion to the American Civil War. That successful conclusion meant not just reuniting the nation, but finishing what our founders had started. This nation must be one in which all were “…created equal” was the rule of law and of practice.
Views from the Memorial at night are stunning. The Washington Memorial captures the imagination in the night sky.
…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
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