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Remembering the Titanic in Washington, DC Apr 15, 2012
The Titanic Memorial is one of Washington, DC's, lesser-known monuments, commemorating the sinking of the RMS Titanic and loss of life of more than 1500 passengers and crew on April 15, 1912.
Also known as the Women's Titanic Memorial, it was sponsored by the Women's Titanic Memorial Association. (Congress had authorized a Washington memorial to the Titanic disaster in 1917.) It was designed and sculpted by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The granite figure represents Self-Sacrifice. Inscriptions honor those who gave up their lives so others could be saved.
The memorial was dedicated in May 1931 at New Hampshire Avenue, NW, and the Potomac waterfront. The monument was moved to its present location at the Southwest Waterfront promenade in 1968 due to construction of the Kennedy Center.
The Women's Titanic Memorial Association met annually at the monument until its removal from the original location. Since 1979, the Men's Titanic Association has met annually at the memorial on the evening of April 14.
It has been said the the figure's pose with outstretched arms inspired the "flying scene" on Titanic's bow in the 1997 film.
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