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.
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.
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.
My favourite museums here are The National Museum of American History and the National Gallery of Art and National Portrait Gallery.
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.
I will return to those museums in future posts. Our memorable journey last summer keeps on inspiring me to write and share my photos.