Saturday, June 28, 2008

Field Trip #2- The Washington Monument and The World War II Memorial

Friday the kids and I had our 2nd Field trip of the summer. We went to visit the World War II Memorial and the Washington Monument.

None of us had been to the WW II Memorial before. It is young, it was finished and dedicated in 2004. The Memorial is beautiful. There are 2 fountains and pillars as well as many wreaths that are expertly crafted in metal. We enjoyed walking thru and talking about the history surrounding both the war and the memorial. The boys are big fans of history, particularly wars, and WW II is their favorite to study. This may be because many of their great-grandfathers served in the war. Their favorite story is of my grandfather, Oscar Hahn, who served in the war as a spy. He was German-born but immigrated to the U.S. with his family at a very young age. He was in the pre-curser to the Secret Service and also served as an agent to VP/President Truman during the war.

Next, we took a tour of the Washington Monument. Did you know that one of the stones on the interior wall is made of Jade and is worth $3 million? Neither did we! When you descend the Monument in the elevator, there are 2 different places where the elevator stops and you can see the internal walls. We did not get a picture of the Jade stone But, we got some other stones...As you can see in this picture, stones were sent from many places; this one arrived "From Otter's Summit, Virginia's Loftiest Peak, to Crown a Monument."

Here are some more pictures:


Danae said...

oh my gosh i can not believe how big sybella and colin and connor are i almost cried seeing this it has been so long since i have seen you all i cant believe it has almost been a year since you guys moved wow time flys i know that i will one day get to see you all again i cant go the rest of my life with you seeing you again i would miss you guys to much well i hope you are enjoying life and that everyone is fine. well i miss you all and was just thinking of you today

Anonymous said...

We miss you too! Sharon, Sybella, and I were just in Seattle for the 4th of July and tried to see you but heard you guys were out of town. You are always welcome in our home if you would like to visit the Nation's Capital and hang out with the 'fam' in DC! Hope you are doing well with classes and enjoying summer break!