on May 28, 2007
Setting at the west end of the National Mall, this monument is one awe-inspiring tribute to one of America's greatest Presidents. Deceptive in its size, from afar, it does look large, but as you get closer, you are struck by the size of the seated statue of Lincoln and the inside of the memorial itself. Words from Lincoln himself are set into the walls on either side of the statue from his Second Inaugural Address as well as the Gettysburg Address. Listen while inside the memorial though and you will hear silence lest the footsteps of those around you. Solemn in its tribute, the memorial begs for silence as its tribute to the man known as Lincoln.Upon walking out of the memorial, you are once again struck by an incredible view only possible in D.C., yet seen in hundreds of movies. That is the view of the Washington Monument and WWII Memorial to the east looking back toward the U.S. Capitol, all of which reverberates in the Reflecting Pool. So incredible is the view that you might miss the inscribed mention on the floor of the outside of the monument that indicates where M.L. King Jr. gave his "I have a Dream" speech in 1963.Truly not a site to be missed, the Memorial is also within walking distance of the WWII, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials and Washington Monument.
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