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The image of five marines and a navy corpsman raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi during World War II is known to every American schoolchild. Seen in person, the bronze 78-foot statue is sure to stir emotions. The sculpture near Arlington National Cemetery, commemorates the 6,800 soldiers who died during World War II in order to capture the tiny Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Today, the memorial is dedicated to all U.S. Marines who died in battle. A Marine Parade is held at 7p Tuesdays throughout the summer.
This Potomac River island is an apt memorial to the conservation-minded Teddy Roosevelt, the nation's 26th president. The 88-acre wildlife refuge can be explored along winding footpaths. In a clearing at the island's center stands a 22-foot bronze statue of Roosevelt, accompanied by inscriptions of his eloquent thoughts on nature and conservation. Access the island from Virginia via George Washington Memorial Parkway. A pedestrian bridge connects the island to a parking lot on the Virginia shoreline.
One of the most popular rail trails in the country and also the most used, the Capital Crescent Trail is a pleasant 11-mile (17.70 kilometers) stretch covering through Georgetown on Water Street till Silver Spring. Set on the once deserted Georgetown Branch rail line, it is a haunt for rollerbladers, hikers, skateboarders, walkers, bikers and joggers. Most of the trail is asphalt and is also used for commuting. Winding through parks, wooded areas, water bodies and local attractions, it is indeed a landmark in the locality and the nearby areas.
We all like watching hair-raising horror movies. But who would miss a chance to experience the place where the climax scene of the famed movie 'The Exorcist' was shot? Tourists flock here in Georgetown to see the Exorcist Stairs. Many other movies and television series have also been filmed here. The steep steps and the somewhat ancient and dark ruined structure adds to the effect. If you are lucky, you may also get to see a film being shot and your favorite actors getting possessed by the ghost—right in front of you!
Arlington JFK Eternal Flame is a tribute to the late President John F. Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy requested for the flame to be put up and the lighting of the flame was witnessed by millions of people. In honor of the President, a postage stamp with the image of the Eternal Flame was also issued. Throughout the year the torch burns, inspiring and keeping the memory of the beloved President alive. Located within the Arlington National Cemetery, millions of tourists flock here to pay their respect.
Soldiers always exhibit immense strength and valor, and every nation always ensures that they are given their due respect. United States is no exception to this and hence it has established the Tomb of the Unknowns within the Arlington National Cemetery. It is in the memory of the servicemen who died in the World Wars and could not be identified. Also the highest military honor conferred by the government 'Medal of Honor', was awarded to these soldiers. The tomb has such a great significance that being a Tomb Guard is considered to be a great honor and very few manage to pass through the training. It truly pays a tribute to the gallantry and courage displayed by the soldiers. It opens for the public everyday at 8 a.m.
This post office warrants special attention due to the rather monumental building in which it is housed. Originally built as a customs house, it is made of sturdy granite and has two sets of shallow steps, also granite, leading up to its over sized doors. The inside is majestic and still functions as a regular post office. A visit here kills two birds with one stone; you can view a historic site, and buy stamps for those postcards you have been meaning to send!