August 25, 2009

more June favorite pics

Hung out at the Museum of American Art and came across one of the first patented sewing machines. Nice. Our first trip to the East Coast consisted of traveling to military memorial s, which are all over DC.

The war memorial to the U.S. Marine Corps is amazing. From Joe Rosenthal's famous photograph of the raising of the US flag in Iwo Jima, artists constructed a 360 degree greater than life sized statue of the photograph. Just awe-inspiring.
We visited the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA. The entire museum is interactive; but, by far, the best exhibit was of Iwo Jima. Visitors are ushered into a briefing room on a Navy carrier, and briefed on the mission. Next, you walk onto a replica of a vessel carrying soldiers to the island and you'd watch actual black and white footage of the ride towards the shore and listen to anecdotes of soldiers. The large door would lower and you are surrounded by gallery of photographs of the invasion. The best part was we were greeted by a WWII veteran of Iwo Jima whose platoon was photographed on the walls. Very cool.
The above photograph is a wall of stars symbolizing every soldier who lost his life fighting in that battle. We were tipped off by a volunteer, who said if we moved back just enough, we would see an image of Mt. Suribachi reflected on the wall.
We also took a last minute Ghost Tour of Old Town Alexandria (VA). This was our final stop, in a cemetery. Pictured above is the only other Tomb of the Unknowns for Revolutionary War soldiers. The other tomb is in Philadelphia. Apparently, there are two ghosts who roam here, an old soldier, and a woman who used to lay flowers at the tomb way back when.
Georgtown University. We didn't get to walk around as much as we had liked because there was a huge thunderstorm that hit about 15 minutes after this photo was taken.
Korean War Memorial on the wall. I wanted to take a picture of the marble plaque that said, "Freedom isn't Free" but my camera ran out of batteries.
The amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.
The tomb of Pierre Charles L'Enfant. Look closely to the horizon, he faces the city he designed. Crazy-ass DC streets. I still can't figure most of it out.
This was an interesting photo. We had just visited John F. Kennedy's gravesite right before this photo. The security guard warned her not to climb on the marble memorial of JFK's famous speech, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." We walked down the hill and came across this memorial, and without a word, she knelt down in front of this, head bowed and hands together, as if in prayer.
Right across from this, was the very simple tomb of Robert F. Kennedy. Weird.

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