DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
With the War in Afghanistan — the longest war in
American history — still dragging on to its long-hoped-for
conclusion, start the day with the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Visit Pershing Park, one block east of the White House, which will become the home of the
new National World War I Memorial on Nov. 11, 2018 — the 100th anniversary of the holiday first known as Armistice Day, marking the end of “the war to end all wars.”
At a time when racial tensions are running high in America, a day dedicated to remembrance
must conclude at the west end of the National Mall, where the Lincoln Memorial and the
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial are within sight of each other.
DAY OF MUSEUMS
The newest addition to the Smithsonian Institution
— a collection of 19 museums, galleries, and a zoo
— is the Smithsonian National Museum of African
American History and Culture, which opened a year ago this month. Because of high demand,
going online for a timed entrance pass is advisable.
12: 30 PM
The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden comprise one of the top museums in
America, with collections that range from the Renaissance and Dutch Masters to Van Gogh,
Picasso, and Alexander Calder, among many others.
Get your garden on, in summer at the National
Arboretum with its bonsai and cherry trees; and in winter at the glassed-in U.S. Botanic Gardens, with flora
native to all 50 states.
DAY OF HISTORY
The first stop is, obviously, the National
Archives Museum where the original
Declaration of Independence, Constitution,
and Bill of Rights are on view.
A tour of the U.S. Capitol building is a
must, so don’t forget to make reservations
well in advance, either yourself or through
the offices of your senator or representative
— the latter being the only way to book a
White House tour.
Next, discover where all of that money
being spent in the Capitol comes from by
watching it being made at the Bureau of
Engraving and Printing. Souvenirs are avail-
able at face value only.
It’s the center of government and a great meetings destination, but Washington, D.C., is
also a destination for history, museums, and remembrance. Spend a day getting in touch
with each of those (but don’t bother trying to squeeze in the Washington Monument,
which is closed for renovations until the spring of 2019).
By Leo Jakobson
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