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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.
Georgetown Waterfront was an industrial area bustling with lumber and cement factories. However, due to the efforts and suggestions of National Capital Planning Commission Georgetown Waterfront Park has now been developed. The grassy place offers panoramic views of the Kennedy Center and the Key Bridge against the back-drop of the enormous skyline. Visitors to the park can spend their time biking or walking around the park or simply gazing at the spectacular views.
This predominantly African-American congregation has been worshipping here for over 100 years. Mount Zion United Methodist Church has a strong presence in the community through ministry and spiritual outreach programs that include all ages and cultures. The historic church building and cemetery served as a stop on the Underground Railroad and were featured in the best-selling novel, River Cross My Heart by Breene Clarke.
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.
The George Washington Memorial Parkway, a stretch of highway known as the "GW Parkway" by motorists, is one of the few highways in the country maintained by the National Park Service. Built in 1930 as a gateway to the nation's capitol, the parkway has many historic and outdoor sites to see along its Northern Virginia route. Some attractions and sites along this historic route include The Arlington Memorial Bridge, Arlington House, Potomac Heritage Trail, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Clara Barton National Historic Site, and Mount Vernon Trail. The parkway is a great way to learn the history of the area in your own car!
A popular outdoor destination for children, college students and nature lovers, this park lies north of Georgetown. Woodlands surround a recreation area with tennis courts, picnic tables and a playground. Special features include a boxwood maze and Lovers Lane, a cobblestone walkway on the west side of the park. To explore more elaborately designed grounds and an elegant estate, visit Dumbarton Oaks next door. Admission is free.
Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place of many who gave their lives in service to the country. Two US presidents - John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft - are buried here. The crew of the Challenger space shuttle, civil rights leader Medgar Evers and film star Audie Murphy are among the many honored here. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, containing remains of unidentified soldiers from World Wars I, II, and the Korean War, is guarded 24 hours a day. The changing of the guard ceremony is a moving tribute to them. Arlington House, the home of Robert E. Lee until the outbreak of the Civil War, is located on the cemetery grounds. Visitors may walk through the cemetery or board a tour tram.