For me, the Jefferson Memorial is the best memorial in Washington, DC.
The best you say, with so many memorials? Yes the best. I love the design, the placement and the lighting. Some forty years ago when I was working from offices in Maryland I would come to see the memorials and museums in D.C. on weekends. The Jefferson Memorial was always mesmerizing after dark with its lighting, breathtaking indeed. The Jefferson Memorial faces the tidal basin and holds a key position in the flurry of monuments. The Washington towers into the skyline of Washington. The Lincoln Memorial is huge and so
powerful, yet the Jefferson Memorial continues to be my personal top choice. To see it up close is humbling. To soak up the history of this monument is overwhelming! Thomas Jefferson was the second vice-president of the United States and the third President of The United States. He is credited with doing most of the writing for the Declaration of Independence and the Bill for Rights. He was definitely a prolific publisher.
Be sure to look up George Mason, as he was the key mentor to Jefferson and his writings. Mr. Mason was the man behind the man. He is remarkable and has a small memorial a few hundred yards from the Jefferson Memorial. Mason wrote a Declaration of Rights for Virginia in 1776. This was the framework and basis for our Bill of Rights that is credited to Jefferson. Jefferson has a whole lot of history. He was also the Governor of Virginia too! Be sure to explore everything and Continue reading Jefferson Memorial→
On a recent trip to Washington DC I stumbled upon the George Mason Memorial. Really, while on my way to the Jefferson Memorial, which to me is the most beautiful monument in all of Washington I came upon this circular fountain. The fountain was dry . There is a pergola with a statue of a man sitting. Naturally I stop and read the plaque. George Mason, I don’t remember him in my history, so I read on.
George Mason – Wisest Man of Our Time
When George Washington calls George Mason ‘the wisest man of our generation’ this gets my attention. When Thomas Jefferson calls George Mason a mentor, the attention level increases. Now I am wondering why I have not noticed this superhero during the creation of the United States before. How could someone with these incredible credentials be unknown. I admit my history may not be at a scholarly level, however this man is really important.
Digging deeper one finds that Greoge Mason was the Governor of Virginia. He wrote the Bill of Rights for Virginia, which was a model or framework for the Bill of Rights for the United States. His contributions were at a foundational level for this country.
George Mason was one of three delegates who refused to sign the Declaration of Independence. One was just cantankerous and one refused to sign something that had a possibility of failing. George refused to sign the Declaration of Independence based upon his principles. It seems he wanted the Bill of Rights to be part of the declaration, not something added on later.
The memorial is small and diminutive by comparison to Jefferson’s huge prominence. The George Mason Memorial is tiny compared to the Washington Monument. The Washington Monument is an always visible part of the DC skyline. Interesting, so very interesting that this man should definitely be a part of all historical research. As I gain more insights into the creation of this nation my respect for these leaders grows.
The Lincoln Memorial is, in my opinion, the cornerstone of all monuments in Washington DC. Now that may be quite a claim, but history backs it up very well. I am sure there are many opinions and scholars would debate the point, so what I say! This Memorial is huge. This Memorial is Stunning. The Lincoln Memorial is very impressive. When you are there be sure to read and consider deeply all the remembrances carved in stone into the walls inside. Note the names of all the states carved around the top on the outside. Look back across the reflecting pond and think of the foresight in placing this monument in this beautiful location and enjoy the surrounding area aside to preserve our memories. After considering all the incredible actions taken by Mr. Lincoln to bring our country forward, well, it is all very humbling indeed.Continue reading Lincoln Memorial→