On April the 3rd we had a very full day. We first got to take a tour of the Pentagon. Very cool. However, pictures were not allowed inside or of any of the people there. Interesting huh? I did get a few of the 9/11 memorial and some that were allowed inside. They were taken with my iphone since we knew I could not use the camera and I did not want to haul it around.
These are the names of the victims.I think these are shaped like plane wings. The ones for the people who died in the Pentagon face toward the building. The others face to the outside. Don’t quote me! I have not read my brochure!On then end of each piece is the name of the victims. If the victim had family that was also killed in the attack, those family names are on a plaque below the name. There were some family members on the plane of course.The youngest victim was just 3 years old and the oldest 71 I believe. These dates note year of birth in a row of the victims. This row only had one, others had more. Still, it was a very moving memorial once we understood it better. Inside the Pentagon.You could stand behind this podium and get your picture taken – if you wanted to.
The tour of the pentagon was fantastic. It is huge. Like a small city. There is a grocery store, barber, cleaners, post office, candy store, florist and so much more. The leaders of our tours were young military persons. They had to memorize 33 pages of script and learn to walk and talk backwards as well as ride the escalator backward! Very knowledgeable and nice! We were really very impressed!
We also had a tour of the state department. There were no pictures allowed there at all. It was very interesting as we were led through the rooms that are used for special events. My, the antiques! I wanted so many of them. Dishes and furniture and rare paintings. Very entertaining and eye opening.
If you are going to Washington, DC, write your congressman or senator. There is a form to submit telling what you want to see. It was well worth the time. There are lots of things they can get you into. I have lots more on that later. We did not get special tickets to the Archives and had to wait in the rain for those so write early! At leave four months. I think they say three but I would do it four or five months early!
April 4th we had a day of rest. Well, rest if you call cleaning the trailer, washing laundry a day of rest. It was a day of rest for my feet!
April 5, 2014
So April 5 was very busy! We started to the mall to go to the Kennedy Center and saw a few other things on the way.
This was a high school band getting ready to perform by the Navy Memorial.The National Archives building. Beautiful and more on it later.Concerts in the park. A special day.The Hirshhorn Museum. Ok, this was strange. It was an exhibit on destruction. Hmmm.
We also went to the Kennedy Center. Our congressman’s office, Mac Thornberry, got us tickets to a tour. Wow! This place is awesome. It has six stages.
Flags of the States hallYep, there’s Texas!One of the box waiting rooms. You just went out those doors on the other side to your box seats. This is one of the concert halls.Kennedy bust.The chandeliers were just gorgeous.Presidential box. When the president is in the box the seal hanging on the wall is put outside the box.Gifts from other countries are all over the place. I loved this weaving.And this door! Wow!Hall of Nations FlagsView from the top. It was too cold and windy to go out so we took pictures from the door.
From here we went to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. I think we really should have gone back to the Natural History as we were too tired to explore too much but hey, we did go.
There was just so much to see! And so much the ahhh moments!The Wright Brothers plane. Very interesting. The guide gave us so much history. This is a replacement fiber.The real one is preserved but got a little torn in the original flights.These are all full size planes!The Museum of Natural HistoryThis is Lucy. The first human being they believe. She is tiny!
Again, so many pictures and so little facts right now. It is a really fascinating trip but way too full of information tonight! Thanks for looking…