Awakenings: Washington Monument | This Day in History: December 6, 1884 The Washington Monument was constructed as a memorial to George Washington, the First President of the United States of America. On this day in 1884, in Washington, D.C., workers place a nine-inch aluminum pyramid atop a 555+ ft tower of white marble. Fifty flags surround the base of the Washington Monument symbolizing the 50 states of America. God bless America and all that she represents!
Korean War Memorial | Washington DC | The 19 stainless steel statues are approximately 7-feet tall & represent an ethnic cross section of America. The advance party has 14 Army, three Marine, one Navy and one Air Force members. They stand in patches of juniper bushes and are separated by polished granite strips, which give a semblance of order and symbolize the rice paddies of Korea.
While part of the Smithsonian Institution system, many tourists bypass the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on the National Mall. The Sackler Gallery is unique in that it is almost entirely below ground and specializes in design artifacts from the Near and Far East. The Gallery also has the best gift shop in town, perfect for unusual holiday gifts.