There’s an optical illusion that if you look at the flag and walk around the statue, the flag appears to be rising.
(This is the Freedom Wall. Every gold star represents 100 soldiers that died or remain missing.)
(This is the Women’s Memorial. It represents the three virtues displayed by the female soldiers that served in Vietnam: Hope, Faith, and Charity.)
(The whole entire Vietnam Wall. There’s a highway behind it, and if you go down inside the 90 degree angle at the center, you can’t hear the cars. It creates a peaceful place for family and friends to reflect.)
(The war ended in 1975, and the wall was officially dedicated in 1982.)
(This statue honors the three main ethnicities of the soldiers who fought in Vietnam. L to R: Hispanic, Caucasian, and African-American.)
(This is the very spot that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood while making his famous “I have a dream” speech.)
(This is the view of the National Mall from Dr. King’s spot. I was sad that the reflecting pool was under spring cleaning.)
More trivia for the day: No statue in D.C. may be taller than 19½ feet, which is the height of Lady Liberty, who stands atop the Capitol rotunda. Pres. Lincoln was so great, that the architects made him sitting down so he would fit the height criteria.
(I thought this was well-stated.)
(This is the side facing the river. The relief on top depicts the signers of the Declaration of Independence.)
(Pres. Jefferson himself. In bronze.)