Another road trip, more random thoughts

by Terry B on October 17, 2017

Lincoln Memorial

We are on the road again, right now in our nation’s capital. In the next week or so, we’ll talk about some of the food we ate, the cocktails we drank. But for now, just a few thoughts about one place we visit every time we come to Washington, D.C.

For us, the Lincoln Memorial represents what is right about America, our nation at its best in its toughest times. It celebrates Abraham Lincoln, the president who held us together as a country when we were being torn apart, showed us we were more alike than we were different and that we were stronger together.

And the memorial itself has gone on to stand for the equality Lincoln fought for. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Marian Anderson—an African American contralto, one of the most renowned voices of her time—to perform for an integrated audience at Constitution Hall. So Eleanor Roosevelt arranged for her to sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech on those same steps.

When we visit the Lincoln Memorial now, one thing that never fails to move us is represented in the photograph above. Anytime you are there, you will see an endless stream of people photographing one another in front of Lincoln’s seated figure. Groups of people, couples, families, individuals. All ages, all races, all nationalities. And unfailingly, all smiling, proud to be there in the presence of what our country can be and should be. And what, on its best days, it is.


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John/Kitchen Riffs October 18, 2017 at 8:28 am

Haven’t been to Washington DC in ages. Agree with you on the Lincoln Memorial being a must. Smithsonian, of course, is another must. And a walk on the Mall.

Dani H October 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm

What a wonderful post, Terry!!

Though I have never been to WASHINGTON, D.C. I also think of the Lincoln Memorial before any of the other places. As you say, what he stands for plus the history made at the memorial means so much to so many.

I hope you are enjoying your travels.

Anita October 23, 2017 at 10:00 am

I wanted to scold you for not getting in touch – coulda taken you somewhere neat! But then I remembered I wasn’t even there at the time, so… glad you enjoyed.

Terry B October 24, 2017 at 9:34 pm

Thanks, everyone! Anita, we’ll definitely reach out to you next time we’re passing through DC. We had such a great time meeting you here in Chicago.

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