Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Evening on the Mall

After visiting with Jon and Laura, Jim and I headed back to the hotel. There was to be a light supper and fireside that evening, for the BYU group. We knew we were too late for the supper, but thought we might make it to the fireside. We figured we would drop the car off at the hotel, then take the Metro to the fireside.

But, as we entered Washington, we made a wrong turn, and found ourselves driving along the Potomac. We realized, with delight, that we could park along the road there, and visit the mall. Abandoning plans for the fireside, we did just that. We had no trouble finding a spot to leave our car, and walked toward the Lincoln Memorial.

Jim captured this scene of the Potomac and the Washington Memorial Bridge. I love the different shades of green and yellow:

It was a beautiful evening to be out walking - not too hot, with a pre-storm breeze cooling things down.

Jim, and the Lincoln Memorial

We walked along the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

We also visited the World War II Memorial, new since our last visit to D.C.

A large stone, looking west across the WWII memorial, to the Lincoln Memorial, declared:
Here in the presence of Washington and Lincoln,
one the eighteenth century Father and the other
the nineteenth century Preserver of our nation,
we honor those twentieth century Americans who
took up the struggle during the Second World
War and made the sacrifices to perpetuate
the gift our forefathers entrusted to us:
A nation conceived in liberty and justice.

There was a series of bas relief plaques; this was one of my favorites:

Celebrating the end of war

Looking east

Time to return to the hotel

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