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Unread 08-23-2011, 02:38 PM
 
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Default Rating the Monuments

How would you rank them from favorite to least favorite and why?



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Unread 08-23-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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My personal favorites:

1. FDR. Most interesting, and the most educational. Also, I really like how people interact with the status and the water features.

2. Vietnam. Most emotional. I well up every time I walk along it, even though I've been there dozens of time.

3. Korean War. Most realistic depiction of soldiers.

4. World War II. I think it's the most beautiful of the monuments.

5. Teddy Roosevelt. Very cool to have a hiking trail and an island to honor him. Pus, this is another monument that tells you a lot about his administration and his speeches.

6. Jefferson. Until the WWII monument was built, I thought this was the most beautiful of the monuments.

7. Lincoln. What can I say, the view is awe inspiring and so is the statue.

8. Washington. I like how the granite changes color--it gives a feeling for the history of building it and the efforts it took to get a monument like that constructed back in our early days. Otherwise, though, I find it boring.

I can't rank MLK because I haven't seen it yet.
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Unread 08-23-2011, 03:29 PM
 
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The Monuments are my favorite part of D.C. Rating them is hard. It's like picking your favorite child. They're all great.

But still:

Washington Monument

Jefferson Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

World War II Memorial

Theodrore Roosevelt Memorial

I have yet to visit the Air Force Memorial or Martin Luther King Memorial.
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Unread 08-23-2011, 05:46 PM
 
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They are all so powerful, hard to pick a favorite. Cant wait to see the King Memorial!!
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Unread 08-24-2011, 04:56 AM
 
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Washington Monument - I like looking at it but the first time I saw it I was somewhat unimpressed. I thought it would be taller more more awe inspiring than it is. The Capitol building on the other hand impressed the hell out of me...sometimes it just pops out at you when you least expect it while walking/driving around the city.

Lincoln - Amazing and humbling. And I can see it from my apartment!

Jefferson - Probably my favorite. Love the location on the Grand Basin too

WW2 - It's nice but I prefer the Iwo Jima monument to this as a dedication to WW2 vets.

Vietnam - Powerful

Air Force - Love it because it reminds me of my favorite all time monument - the Gateway Arch . Gives the Arlington skyline some much needed flair.

Haven't spent enough time at the others to give a good rating.
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Unread 08-24-2011, 06:57 AM
 
Location: DC
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Martha Washington Monument rocks.
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Unread 08-24-2011, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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This may sound weird, but now that I hear the Washington Monument sustained some cracks from yesterday's earthquake it has moved up a notch or two on my list. It's a little more interesting with cracks, plus the cracks are a record of a strange moment in history.

(BTW some say it may even be tilting a little--which could be cool, like having our own Tower of Pisa. I don't know if there's any truth to that rumor, though)
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Unread 08-26-2011, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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1. Jefferson - The best of the Memorials on the Mall, too bad it is so physically isolated. This man was a true genius. The best time to visit is on a weekday morning during the Cherry Blossoms when the tourists are still in bed.
2. Navy Memorial - This one is always fun with kids to show them the map of the world
3. FDR - The most underated memorial; it's really a memorial to one of the most tumultuous periods in American History: the Great Depression and WWII
4. Arlington National Cemetary: this place is so incredibly humbling; a perpetual reminder that freedom is never free.
5. Teddy Roosevelt Memorial: hidden on the Arlington side; it's a great hike during the fall when the weather is cool and the leaves are changing
6. Korean War Memorial: of the three 20th century war memorials, this is the only one that gives you a real sense of the hardships of warfare. Especially effective at night when there's a low fog.
7. Lincoln: By far the most popular on the Mall; you can never beat that view to Congress.
8. U.S Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima): For me this is the *real* WWII memorial; it give you a great sense of victory through perserverance.
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