On our recent trip to Washington DC with my school’s eighth graders, the monuments and memorials were probably the things they were least interested in. But for husband and me, these were some of the most interesting things we saw. I especially loved hearing the guide tell the back story behind how and why each one was built.
We’ll start with the iconic Washington Monument. We were able to go up to the top of it and look out, and we also squeezed in a selfie from further away. Do you notice how the top half is a different color? The government had to stop building the monument halfway through because of the Civil War, and when the finally finished it, they could not get the exact same stone. Some of the corner pieces have also been replaced over the years, which would make me super nervous to do. What if the whole thing falls when you pull one out, like a giant Jenga tower?!?