Washington, D.C. Journals

National Police Week

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A May 2012 trip to Washington, D.C. by RoBoNC

Tomb Guard Photo, Warsaw, Poland More Photos
Quote: Every year in May, thousands of law enforcement officers converge on Washington DC. They come here to honor the officers who died in the line of duty. It is a time to meet new officers and explore the sights of the nation's capitol.

Smithsonian Institution

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Attraction | "A collection of Smithsonian Museums "

National Mall & Memorial Parks Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Situated between Constitution and Independence Avenue to the north and south and bordered on the east and west by 14th St and 3rd St is a collection of America’s history and culture scattered among many different museums. The museums are part of the Smithsonian Institution. Of the nineteen museums, nine research centers, and zoo that make up the Smithsonian complex, seven of them are located on the National Mall. Just across 14th St from the Washington Monument is the newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is still under construction. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015. Just to the north of that museum is the National Museum of American ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 29, 2013

Smithsonian Institution
900 Jefferson Dr
Washington, D.C., United States 20013
(202) 633-8700

National Mall & Memorial Parks

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Attraction | "From the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument"

Washington Monument Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The National Mall in Washington DC has been referred to as America’s front yard. There is no other place in the United States that honors the legacies of our greatest presidents, the veterans of the US’s many different wars, and preserves the history and heritage of the US on such a large expanse of property. The Mall was the vision of one man, Pierre Charles L'Enfant, who was given the task of designing the layout for the new national capital. He had originally envisioned a "grand avenue" stretching about a mile from the Capitol to an equestrian statue of George Washington. The National Mall now stretches for 1.9 miles from the steps of the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. The planned equestrian...Read More

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National Mall & Memorial Parks
900 Ohio Drive, SW
Washington, D.C., United States 20024
(202) 426-6841

The White House

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Attraction | "The House of the People "

The White House Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Sixteen hundred Pennsylvania Avenue is perhaps one of the most famous addresses in the world. The White House has stood as the home to all US presidents except George Washington. It has had a long history from the time it was burned by the British in 1814 and, shortly thereafter, rebuilt with continuing renovations and decorating whenever a new president occupies its halls. The White House is the symbol of the power and prestige of the chief executive. Although only a small percentage of people are able to work closely enough to the president to be within its walls, the White House is open to ordinary citizens to tour and be a part of its rich history. White House Tours are run by the...Read More

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The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
(202) 456-2121

National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial

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Attraction | "Honoring those who gave their lives for our safety"

National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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There are so many memorials in Washington DC that it can sometimes be overwhelming. It can take days to visit them all. As many times as I have been to DC, there are some memorials that I have never visited and ones that were recently built since my last visit such as the Martin Luther King Memorial. Then there are memorials that have a special meaning to certain people which a trip to DC would not be complete without visiting. The war memorials have a special significance to some people if they fought in that war or knew someone who died. As a police officer for the past ten years, one memorial in DC has special meaning to me and that is the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. ...Read More

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National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial
901 E Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 737-3400

Tomb of the Unknowns

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Attraction | "Here rest an American Soldier known only to God"

Tomb of the Unknown Photo, Warsaw, Poland
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Within Arlington National Cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is the most visited place in Arlington and the one reason why I continue to go back every time I am in DC. The Tomb is located between Memorial and Roosevelt Drive, near the USS Maine and Space Shuttle memorials. Facing Memorial Drive is the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater where state funerals and annual Memorial Day and Veteran Day ceremonies are held. It is a circular white marble amphitheater with a colonnade of arched openings with attached Doric columns enclosing it. On the backside of the Amphitheater stands the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on a hilltop overlooking Washington DC. On March 4, 1921, Congress...Read More

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Tomb of the Unknowns
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia 22201
703-228-3988

Arlington National Cemetery

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Attraction | "The most famous cemetery in America"

Arlington National Cemetery Photo, Arlington, Virginia
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Across the Potomac River, a short distance from the Lincoln Memorial is Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery lays just outside of DC in Arlington, Virginia and it covers 624 acres and has over 400,000 graves. Veterans from every war since the Civil War have been interred here. The land that makes up Arlington National Cemetery once belonged to Robert E. Lee. George Washington’s grandson was the first to acquire the land and began constructing the Arlington House, which is still located on the grounds. Their only surviving adult child married Robert E. Lee. Because Robert E. Lee served in the Confederacy, the government confiscated some of his property as a burial site since the one in DC wa...Read More

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Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Arlington, Virginia 22211
(703) 607-8000