16 Jul 2007, My Visit to the Lincoln Memorial
When I got the to base of the Lincoln Memorial, I felt like I was walking
up the steps to a Temple. I felt a sense of awe and reverence even with the
surrounding crowd. Maybe it's partly because I had just come from the WWII
memorial and taken a picture of the words "Wake Island" where my uncle Don
for whom I am named was taken prisoner and eventually killed. Tears came to
my eyes then. I was proud to be paying homage to Abraham Lincoln.
From the bottom of the steps.
From midway up the steps.
Zoom from midway up the steps.
In this temple as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the union the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever
Me with Abraham Lincoln. Self portrait.
Me with Abraham Lincoln, photographed by another visitor.
View of the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial.
The federal union of the states at the heart of Lincoln's purpose is symbolized in his memorial by 36 columns beneath the names of the 36 states composing the union in his lifetime. When the Memorial was designed the Union included the 48 states named on the attic frieze. A generation later - in 1959 Alaska and Hawaii attained statehood fully joining their destinies with the United States of America. E Pluribus Unum.
Lincoln Memorial seen from the Arlington Cemetery MetroRail entrance.
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