If you’re interested in exploring DC memorials quite thoroughly, this tour along the Mall’s Reflecting Pool is for you. We’ll be walking along some of the city’s newest ground that honors the country’s greatest sacrifices.
We start our tour where the city founders started the city. Our path begins at the vortex of the meridians used to map the new capital city. From what is now the base of the George Washington Monument, we wind our way through the memorials that surround the National Mall's Reflecting Pool.
• The stones honoring the country’s Greatest Generation
• A garden commemorating the nation's rebellious founders
• The stark simplicity of the black wall representing the Vietnam era
• A dedication to the president who maintained this country's union, in spite of civil war
• A walk through the fields of Korea alongside the soldiers of every war
• Bonus tracks that expand on theme of ‘Controversies and Compromises’ that each and every memorial has experienced
It’s easy to assume that structures built of granite & marble are unchanging. But that’s hardly the truth about the sites along this walk. Memorials have an initial intent, but new threads to their meaning are woven into their walls all the time.
Our discussions along this walk are a deep dive into the meaning built into these stones. We’ll read the symbolism that the designers intended to be found, as well as add some of our own. We’ll highlight unique stories of the women and men who participated in the events being commemorated. And most importantly, we’ll participate in a continuing conversation that spans generations.
Because America’s national narrative is not set in stone, even if these sacred sites are.
For those interested in viewing the sites along the tour pathway, I’ve created a supplemental video that can be found on my YouTube channel: