18 Confederates and 1 Union Soldier are buried in this small cemetery in Appomattox, Virginia.
This tiny village witnessed the surrender of the Confederate States Army General Robert E. Lee to the Union Army Commander Ulysses S. Grant, event that ended the Civil War.
The “Charm City” seen from the Harbor
The brave defense of this fort from the British Navy in 1814 inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner”, the US National Anthem.
Francis Scott Key, amateur poet, witnessed the bombardment from a nearby ship.
When Key saw the flag intact “by the dawn’s early light”, he was so inspired that he started to compose the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry” which would later be renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
The original flag the Anthem says “was still there”, “through the perilous fight”, is conserved in Washington, DC. The one at the Fort is a copy, but is exactly in the same spot where “The Star-Spangled Banner” was in 1814 during Fort McHenry’s Battle.
This historic neighborhood has a maritime past.
It nowadays offers a great variety of shops, clubs, cafés and is known for providing excellent nightlife.
Panorama of the Inner Harbor taken from Federal Hill
The huge statue of the President who ended slavery is placed within the Memorial
Memorial dedicated to all the American victims of Vietnam War, including those service members who were unaccounted for (Missing In Action) during the War.
The gabbro walls contain all their 58,195 names.
It is usual to see people leaving pictures, flowers and US flags or ex soldiers saluting a fallen comrade.
The most impressive aspect is the solemnity of the Memorial, dominated by a respectful silence.
This memorial, erected in honor of the 16th President of the United States, witnessed the famous “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King.
Above Abraham Lincoln’s statue, the following epitaph is written:
“IN THIS TEMPLE
AS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE
FOR WHOM HE SAVED THE UNION
THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
IS ENSHRINED FOREVER”
The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address.
Above the colonnade there are the names of the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death (1865).
On the attic frieze are inscribed the names of the 48 states present at the time of the Memorial’s dedication (1922).
Behind the pool, located on the National Mall, the US Capitol and the Washington Monument (World’s tallest obelisk) are painted in red while the Sun disappears below the horizon.
Two of the most known symbols of the United States Capital.
The Reflecting Pool area has been the site of many historic events, the most famous is probably the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”(1963), when 250,000 people gathered here for the memorable “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr.
This military cemetery hosts more than 400 thousand graves.
Among the most famous tombs there are the Tomb of the Unknowns and the burial site of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Whether or not they were wartime service members, US presidents are eligible to be buried at Arlington, since they oversaw the armed forces as commanders-in-chief.
The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery are marked by U.S. flags each Memorial Day.
The memorial is dedicated to all personnel of the United States Marine Corps who served the Country since 1775, when this branch of the US Armed Forces was formed.
The design of the sculpture is based on the iconic photograph “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima”, taken on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.
This boulevard with its elegant houses and churches, hosts parades and events related to Confederation period ( Richmond was the Capital of the Confederates States of America ).
Many statues are placed along this avenue to honor Confederate participants of the Civil War.
Among them the most renowned is dedicated to General Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Confederate Army.