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Washington, DC – Memorials and Tidal Basin

Lincoln Memorial
  Lincoln Memorial – The Lincoln Memorial is a Greek-style temple with 36 huge columns (when the memorial was built, there were 36 states). Inside, there's the magnificent marble statue of Abraham Lincoln and words from the Gettysburg Address inscribed on the wall. No tickets required for this grand monument, just sit on the steps, under Lincoln's feet, and look down over the reflecting pool toward the Washington Monument.
  Washington Monument – The Washington Monument commemorates George Washington, first president of the United States, and "father of the country." The obelisk, 555 ft. high, is the tallest building in the city, and it stands out like no other. From the top of the monument, kids can look down over Washington DC, a living miniature city.
    War Memorials – In this area you'll find the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Women's Memorial, Korean War Veteran's Memorial and National World War II Memorial.
      All are worth a look, but the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a unique experience. Kids can walk along this eloquent black granite monument, feeling the names of soldiers who died in war.
      At the World War II Memorial, reach out to touch the Field of Stars, 4,000 stars commemorate 400,000 soldiers.
Jefferson Memorial pedal boats
  Tidal Basin – The Tidal Basin, framed with cherry trees that bloom in spring, is the perfect place to get out and stretch your legs. Around the Tidal Basin are three memorials - Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Roosevelt Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
      In summer, relax out on the water in a pedal boat. Rent pedal boats from the boat house, at 15th St. and East Basin Dr., across from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
      Read our blog post: "Washington DC Memorials: Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr"
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    Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial – The memorial is a large rock-hewn statue of Martin Luther King Jr, and is inscribed with quotations from his famous speeches, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
      Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial – Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial has four fountains and outdoor "stone rooms," inscribed with Roosevelt's words on World War II. Kids will want to pat the ears of the bronze statue of Roosevelt's Scottie dog, Fala.
      Jefferson Memorial – Jefferson Memorial houses a bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson, principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States. The ceiling looks like the Pantheon in Rome. On the lower floor, don't miss exhibits about the life of Jefferson.
      Tip: The best and most fun way to see all the memorials is to rent bikes at L'Enfant Plaza.
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Maya Lin
Jeanne Walker Harvey, Dow Phumiruk

Before visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, read about Maya Lin, the artist-architect. She was only 21 years old when she submitted her design, for a memorial that would include the name of every soldier. (Picture book)


Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Bonnie Bader, Elizabeth Wolf

Before visting his memorial, read about the great voice of civil rights Martin Luther King, Jr., who believed in peaceful protest and equal rights for black people. Leader of freedom marches, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, "I have a dream." (Chapter book)

Also, What Was the March on Washington?


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Who Was Franklin Roosevelt?
Margaret Frith, John O'Brien

llustrated biography of Franklin Roosevelt, who served for 12 years and was president during World II. Crippled with polio, that didn't slow him down - he drove his own car and swam in the pool every day. And he like to talk, and broadcast weekly radio shows to the American public. (Chapter book)


Who Was Thomas Jefferson?
Dennis Brindell Fradin, John O'Brien

Thomas Jefferson was not only author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, he read and spoke multiple languages, played the violin, loved horseback riding, invented tools, collected fossils, designed buildings. (Chapter book)


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Looking at Lincoln
Maira Kalman

A fresh, fun look at Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president and author of the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln loved apples and vanilla cake, hated slavery, believed the country should stay united, and when you visit the Lincoln Memorial, you can look into his beautiful eyes. Fabulously illustrated, this is a gem. (Picture book)


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