My take on our nation's capitol

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Finally making the opportunity to see our nation's capitol in October of 2005, my first order of business after checking into the hotel was to set out to see the monuments.

On that warm day (mid 70's) to welcome me, I hopped onto the subway from L'Enfant Plaza Hotel and subway station and got off at the Mall.  Emerging from the hole in the ground, the very first thing to greet me was the Washington Monument, standing in all her glory.  It was a clear day and I was captivated with how much I could see from atop the monument hill!  In one direction the Lincoln Memorial, in another direction the Smithsonians, in yet another direction the capitol building...... so much to do and see!

I happened to be visiting the city during two big events; one being the marine corp marathon, and more importantly, the historical display of Rosa Parks lying in state in the capitol rotunda.  60,000+ people lined the streets, waiting for many hours for their opportunity to file past her coffin in gratitude for her contributions to the civil rights movement.  The winding lines of the patient were mind blowing. Calm, peaceful, respectful, and determined to give thanks.



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