|Hanging out with Thomas J|
Friday afternoon was spent at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - so hard to take in, but a place that EVERYBODY should see. It really makes you stop and think - and makes you realize the evil humans are capable of; I have no idea how any Holocaust survivor could overcome going through that experience.
|Eisenhower Quote - Holocaust Museum|
We wrapped up Friday by visiting the relatively new Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial and FDR Memorials. Pretty cool stuff. I don't think the MLK Memorial does MLK his justice - he and other Civil Rights leaders deserve more. The FDR memorial was well done - broken into four sections; one for each of his terms. Nice tribute to his far better half, Eleanor, who truly defined the role of First Lady of the United States.
Saturday was our last day... we decided to hit Mount Vernon and Manassas Battlefield. We never made it to Manassas. It started snowing... and we went to Mount Vernon, the home and slave plantation of General (President) George Washington. It was amazing. We even took the "National Treasure" tour, learning that there aren't any underground tunnels (though the movie seemed to make them a piece of folklore.) Learning about Washington, his family, his impact on our country, and even his moral dilemma over slavery was very powerful.
What a trip. So much to see in our country. I know that I am a history geek and love history far more than the "Average Joe," but every American should visit these sites and learn the origins of our country - the good, the bad, the ugly.