United States Marine Corps War Memorial

31 May 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

United States Marine Corps War Memorial during Independence Day fireworks © Dreamer of Pictures/cc-by-sa-4.0

United States Marine Corps War Memorial during Independence Day fireworks © Dreamer of Pictures/cc-by-sa-4.0

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) is a national memorial located in Arlington County, Virginia, in the United States. The memorial was dedicated in 1954 to all Marines who have given their lives in defense of the United States since 1775. It is located in Arlington Ridge Park within the George Washington Memorial Parkway, near the Ord-Weitzel Gate to Arlington National Cemetery and the Netherlands Carillon. The memorial was turned over to the National Park Service in 1955.   read more…

Theme Week Washington, D.C. – Georgetown

15 April 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Healy Hall at Georgetown University © Daderot

Healy Hall at Georgetown University © Daderot

Georgetown is a historic neighborhood, commercial, and entertainment district located in northwest Washington, D.C., situated along the Potomac River. Founded in 1751 in the Province of Maryland, the port of Georgetown predated the establishment of the federal district and the City of Washington by 40 years. Georgetown remained a separate municipality until 1871, when the United States Congress created a new consolidated government for the whole District of Columbia. A separate act passed in 1895 specifically repealed Georgetown’s remaining local ordinances and renamed Georgetown’s streets to conform with those in the City of Washington. Georgetown is home to the main campus of Georgetown University. Many D.C.’s politicians and lobbyists are at home in Georgetown.   read more…

Theme Week Washington, D.C.

27 November 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  7 minutes

Lincoln Memorial by night © flickr.com - CrashingWaves/cc-by-2.0

Lincoln Memorial by night © flickr.com – CrashingWaves/cc-by-2.0

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, “the District”, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River on the country’s East Coast. As permitted by the U.S. Constitution, the District is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States Congress and is therefore not a part of any U.S. state. The states of Maryland and Virginia each donated land to form the federal district, which included the preexisting settlements of Georgetown and Alexandria; however, Congress returned the Virginia portion in 1846. Named in honor of George Washington, the City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. Congress created a single municipal government for the whole District of Columbia after the American Civil War.   read more…

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Virginia

3 November 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  9 minutes

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens seen from the Potomac river © flickr.com - Personnel of the NOAA Ship THOMAS JEFFERSON

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens seen from the Potomac river © flickr.com – Personnel of the NOAA Ship THOMAS JEFFERSON

Mount Vernon, located near Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia, was the plantation home of the first President of the United States, George Washington (* February 22, 1732 on Pope’s Creek Estate near present-day Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia. ; † December 14, 1799 on Mount Vernon Estate). The mansion is built of wood in neoclassical Georgian architectural style, and the estate is located on the banks of the Potomac River. The property consists of 500 acres (2.0 km2), with the main buildings, including the house, located near the riverfront. Mount Vernon was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is owned and maintained in trust by The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and is open every day of the year.   read more…

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