Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vacation Part 11: U.K. James' Washington, DC Visit: 9-11 Pentagon & Lincoln Memorials

The 9-11 memorial- look like benches
The Pentagon- rebuilt side
On Thursday, July 3, Tom took James into Washington, DC to give him a full tour. They started at the Pentagon and the new 9-11 Memorial. James said that the monument consisted of chairs that represented the people aboard the aircraft that terrorists took over and crashed into the Pentagon, and chairs for the people killed who worked in the Pentagon. Very moving.

The memorial lights up at night

According to the official website for the memorial, The Pentagon Memorial captures that moment in time at 9:37 a.m. when 184 lives became intertwined for eternity.  Each victim’s age and location at the time of the attack have been permanently inscribed into the Memorial by the unique placement and direction of each of the 184 Memorial Units.  Elegant and simple, the Pentagon Memorial serves as a timeline of the victims’ ages, spanning from the youngest victim, three-year-old Dana Falkenberg, who was on board American Airlines Flight 77, to the oldest, John D. Yamnicky, 71, a Navy veteran, also aboard Flight 77 that morning.
Front of the Lincoln Memorial

THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL - This was another stop on the Washington, DC Memorial tour. For the official website go to:  
What type of stone is in the Lincoln Memorial?
The exterior is Colorado white marble, interior walls and columns Indiana limestone, sculpture Georgia white marble, chamber floor Tennessee pink marble, and skylights Alabama marble.

How many steps are there?
There are 58 steps from the chamber to the plaza level, and 87 steps from the chamber to the reflecting pool

WHERE IS IT LOCATED? - The Lincoln Memorial is located at the western end of the National Mall. The nearest metro stations are Foggy Bottom (23rd St. & I St. NW) and Smithsonian (12th St. & Independence Ave. SW).

SEE THE 2 MINUTE CBS NEWS VIDEO ABOUT THE 9-11 PENTAGON MEMORIAL-  from Sep 6, 2008 -  David Martin reports on a new memorial which is set to open at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., in honor of the 184 victims who died there on that September morning nearly seven years ago.   VIDEO:

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next