The Abraham Lincoln Memorial is another iconic landmark in Washington. It was built in honor of the 16th president of the United States, the liberator of Americans from slavery, the national hero of the American people – Abraham Lincoln. His presidency fell on the years of the Civil War (1861-1865).
Abraham Lincoln was an outstanding speaker; his speeches have been inspirational and are still a cultural heritage.
The memorial, built during 1914-1922, symbolizes Lincoln’s belief that all people should be free.
At the center of the memorial is a Lincoln statue about 6 meters (19 feet) high.
Just above it on the wall are written the following words :
“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”
Near the Abraham Lincoln Memorial there are also two huge stone slabs with engraved text of Lincoln’s speeches.
These two stone slabs symbolize the principles of freedom, justice, unity, brotherhood and charity.
Sense of heroism, honor and freedom are there in the air.
The memorial is open all the time. The entrance is free.
There are always a lot of visitors, guided tours.
Ducks with little ducklings swim in the pond in front of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial. It is amazing!
Between the Washington Monument and the Abraham Lincoln Memorial are constructed a World War II National Memorial, a Korean War Veterans Memorial and a Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
To be continued…
Author (c): Iryna Melnyk
Photos (c): Nick Melnyk