Bob’s AANS annual meeting this year was in Washington D.C. Becca and Collins joined us!
We visited the usual tourist places…
The Lincoln Memorial
Korean War Memorial
Vietnam War Memorial
White House (from a distance)
World War II Memorial
The Veterans of World War II have always held a soft spot in my heart (my father was one)..(link to previous blog on leadership and act of civil disobedience by World War II Vets during the government sequester)
We just did not have time to do everything and had to make tough decisions. We did go to the National Archives to see the three greatest documents in the history of mankind; the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
And the International Spy Museum
But I think my favorite stop was Ford’s Theater Museum and the Petersen House. This year was the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination. The museum had an incredible exhibition this year.
The Ford’s Theatre Museum combined a remarkable collection of historic artifacts with a variety of interactive exhibits to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Using environmental recreations, videos and three-dimensional figures, the museum transported visitors to 19th-century Washington, where they can follow Lincoln from his arrival in Washington in 1861.
Exhibits explored Lincoln’s Presidential cabinet, what life was like in the Lincoln White House, various Civil War milestones and generals, Lincoln’s great speeches and the Assassination conspiracy.
The collection of artifacts included the deringer that John Wilkes Booth used, as well as the clothing President Lincoln wore the night he was shot.
A four story tower made of all the books written about Abraham Lincoln and his life!