Returning To The National Mall

I didn’t finish my walks in The National Mall of Washington, D.C. so I will return to the last post on that subject and continue. A short walk west of The Korean Memorial, close to the Tidal Bassin is the DC War Memorial honouring the twenty-six thousand from the D.C. area that took part in WWI. It was inaugurated on Armistice Day 1931 by President Herbert Hoover. Today it’s used a lot for photo shots of weddings, and I hope it will be remembered for what it is a war memorial.

DC War Memorial 1931

DC War Memorial 1931

Passing the Washington Memorial on your right in the Eastern direction is the US Holocaust Museum. This summer we didn’t go inside but concentrated on the memorial for the children who lost their lives and the hidden survivors were deprived of a normal childhood.

Words by Dwight Eisenhower after a visit to a concentration camp 1945

Words by Dwight Eisenhower after a visit to a concentration camp 1945

The Holocaust Memorial for the Jewish lost children WWII

The Holocaust Memorial for the Jewish lost children WWII

Commenorating the lost Jewish Children

Washington, D.C. Holocaust memorial for lost Jewish children

Washington, D.C. Holocaust memorial for lost Jewish children

The Holocaust Museum and the "upside down house" memorial for the lost Jewish children at Raoul Wallenberg Pl.

The Holocaust Museum and the “upside down house” memorial for the lost Jewish children at Raoul Wallenberg Pl.

Sweden was neutral during the WWII and neutralism always only hurts the persecuted. But Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg saved thousands of Jews in Budapest in 1944 by issuing them false id papers which let them escape the transportations to extinction. He disappeared in one of Stalin’s prisons.

All the way along the National Mall on both sides to The Capitol Hill are the free Smithsonian Museums.

Hibiscus seen at the National Museum of Natural History Washington, D.C.

The hibiscus was seen at the National Museum of Natural History Washington, D.C.

My favourite museums here are The National Museum of American History and the National Gallery of Art and National Portrait Gallery.

Memorial 9/11 Roy Lichtenstein at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Roy Lichtenstein at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. “The Modern Head” was unharmed at the 9/11 WTC and used as a memo board during the investigations Roy Lichtenstein at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. “The Modern Head” was unharmed at the 9/11 WTC and used as a memo board during the investigations

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Roy Lichtenstein at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. “The Modern Head” was unharmed at the 9/11 WTC and used as a memo board during the investigations

Display from D-Day at The National Museum of American History

Display from D-Day at The National Museum of American History

Display with a HUEY helicopter that played a significant role in the Vietnam War The National Museum of American History. Lots of soldiers lives were saved as the aircraft could land anywhere and rescue the injured and trapped.

War Gardens memory at Capitol Hill  to help the starving European allies during WWI

War Gardens at Capitol Hill to help the starving European allies during WWI

War Gardens memory at Capitol Hill to help the starving European allies during WWI

War Gardens at Capitol Hill to help the starving European allies during WWI

I will return to those museums in future posts. Our memorable journey last summer keeps on inspiring me to write and share my photos.

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