I got a chance to spend some time with some great friends doing some photography in the various memorials around DC this week. Although my time has been short in front of the computer this week with my conference and the hopping around town, I wanted to post a couple of images from two of my favorite memorials. For me, there is a certain nostalgia for the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials.
When I was a kid and got to come to DC, a few things really stuck in my memory. Getting to see the National Archives, the Air and Space Museum an these two monuments. I don’t know if it was the lessons learned in history class or the size of the memorials or what, but I do remember that my experiences in those two memorials really had an impact on me at a young age. It wasn’t so many years after my trip that I got to really learn about both presidents and at one point I even memorized the quote from the Declaration of Independence that is on the wall of the Jefferson Memorial. Now over 20 years after memorizing those words, I can still recent them from heart.
I think that is one of the great parts of DC, you never know what part of our history will make its mark on you. This time standing at the Lincoln Memorial I notice the reference to Martin Luther Kings speech and getting to see his monument for the first time. Getting to stand in silence at the Korean, WWII and FDR memorials are things that I will take with me for the rest of my life. I wonder what my next visit to DC will be like. What will be the things that leave the deep lasting impacts that Lincoln and Jefferson did on me so many years ago.
All images taken on Nikon D700 on Lexar Media.