Washington D.C.

Before 1791, the federal government had no permanent site. The early Congresses met in eight different cities: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Lancaster, York, Princeton, Annapolis, Trenton, and New York City. The subject of a permanent capital for the government of the United States was first raised by Congress in 1783; it was ultimately addressed in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution (1787), which gave the Congress legislative authority over “such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States…”

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Our Capitol Building

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The White House

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Amazing to think that every one of our President’s have lived in this house, except for one. Anyone know who did not get the opportunity to live here?

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The Supreme Court of the United States of America

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Equal Justice Under the Law

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Hallway leading in to the Court Room (lined with busts of previous Supreme Court Chief Justices)

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The 9 seats of our Supreme Court Justices

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The Library of Congress

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The Lincoln Memorial. Absolutely awe-inspiring!

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“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”

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The Vietnam Memorial

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The 58,000. Heart-wrenching to walk the wall and touch the names of those who lost their lives in defense of freedom. Never Forget.

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The Three Soldiers (Servicemen). Gazing at the wall that houses the names of their brothers who never made it home.

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Korean War Memorial

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“Freedom is not free”. 19 servicemen walk the landscape that represents the rugged terrain of the Korean War.

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Arlington National Cemetery

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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President John F. Kennedy’s gravesite and eternal flame

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The gravesite of Robert F. Kennedy

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Mast of the USS Maine that was blown up in Havana Harbor, setting off the Spanish-American War in 1898.

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Memorial to the astronauts on the Space Shuttle Challenger

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The Lee Mansion. Belonging to Robert E. Lee and taken over by the North during the Civil War.

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Gravesite of President & Supreme Court Chief Justice William Howard Taft

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Marine Corp Memorial/Iwo Jima

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“Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue”

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Air Force Memorial

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9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon. Each bench/wing represents a life lost either in the Penatgon or on the plane that flew in to the building.

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Memorial to President Theodore Roosevelt on Roosevelt Island.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. One of my favorites.

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Memorial to President Thomas Jefferson.

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Washington Monument

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One of my favorite pictures of the Washington Monument at sunset.

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National Cathedral. If you visit, you’ve got to find the gargoyle that looks like Darth Vader.

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Memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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There are four sections to this memorial. Each one representing a term in office. The only President to have served more than two terms.

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The fountains of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

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Ford’s Theatre. The site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

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The booth where Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth.

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The Petersen House. The house that President Lincoln was brought to after he was shot. He would never regain consciousness and died in this house. “Now he belongs to the ages.”

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