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Rolling Thunder by the LOCWell, after my tour of the Library of Congress, I decided to run to Rosslyn.  (Have I told you how much I love this city?)  I found the run particularly interesting – and not just because of the influx of bikers in town.  On this run, the memorials were not functioning as aesthetically pleasing tributes to different times in America.  On this run, I witnessed the personal ties that linked people to the memorials.

The WW II Memorial was decorated with flowers between each of its pillars – in honor of more than 400,000 who gave their life and the 16 million who served in the armed forces during World War II.  The visual reminder of why we get a day off from work really changes the focus of the 3-day weekend.  Thanks to all those men and women who have kept the U.S. safe.

Jessica

Rolling Thunder at the WWII Memorial

Rolling Thunder at the WWII Memorial

Library of CongressThis was the theme of the tour during my Memorial Day Weekend visit to the Library of Congress.  As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I value the insights gleaned from free tours in museums.

 The docent, Cora, was very knowledgeable in forming this link.  In order for Democracy to function optimally, a learned populace should elect educated leaders.  And not only should leaders know the law and government, but they also need to understand economics, the environment, health, science, etc.  Oh – Jefferson Ideals… it makes you want to read a million books just thinking about it.

Now onto the History of the Library of Congress:  The LOC was established by Congress in 1800 and was housed inside the Capitol.  (Looking at the Capitol from the LOC, it would be in the right wing side of the building.  I’ll put up a picture of this later today.)  When the British burned the Capitol in 1814, they incidentally burned the LOC as well.  Too bad for them burning buildings did not equal winning the war.

For the rest of the post I’ll showcase some of the Architectural/Decorative Highlights of the building and share some of the intereting Historical Tidbits I learned.

The LOC has soooooooooo much information!