National Museum of American History

I finally finished the section about the wars the Americans were involved in. The name of the section is amazingly propagandistic: “The price of freedom”. Last time I finished visiting up to the Civil War (chronologically), it was time to see what was the price of freedom during the modern wars. The section on the WW1 was practically non-existent, but I learned a lot about WW2. Regarding the Vietnam war, I recently saw a (highly recommended) documentary called The Fog of War, which re-examines Robert McNamara’s (former US Secretary of Defence) actions and reasoning. There was a piece of Berlin Wall in the museum, which reminded me of the good’ol’days when US was seen positively in Europe. Soon the museum will need to expand to include a little more about the second Iraq war. Now they just have a panel saying that the war is controversial.

Chairs essential for the end of the civil war You can test your ability to build planes Souvenir from Vietnam A piece from the Berlin wall

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Arlington Cemetery

Lida wanted to visit Arlington Cemetery and I joined her even though I saw it twice already. We went by Metro and later realized that it would had been more convenient to drive. The cemetery was built on General Lee’s property to punish him for siding with the South during the Civil War. His house was on top of a hill overlooking DC with an amazing panorama. We visited the house after we stopped at JFK’s grave and saw Bobby’s simple cross. The change of guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns (repeated every half an hour) looked a lot like a pantomime show. It was quite an interesting choice to place the Memorials for the crews of Challenger and Columbia space shuttles on left and right of the Iran Rescue Mission Memorial.

It took us about three hours to see the highlights. The weather was almost perfect, maybe just a little too hot by the time we finished the tour. We got back home right on time to see how Italy won the World Cup, even though France played much better. Anyway, Lida was happy that her favorite team finally won after so many years of disapointing performance.

Arlington House In Arlington Cemetery JFK's eternal flame Memorial Bridge and Lincoln Memorial Old Amphitheater
Memorial Amphitheater Tomb of the unknown soldier: change of guards Tomb of the unknown soldier: up those stairs

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