Day 3 was probably the best day of the entire trip. In the morning, the kids and I were able to tour the East Wing of the White House. Since 9/11, the number of tours of the White House has been limited. You also have to go through background checks and a lot of security checkpoints to do the tour. We were so excited to be able to get tickets (thanks to Mr. Tiberi and his diligent staff!). The kids and I loved being inside the White House, with all of it’s history. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but we were allowed to use our cell phones and get a picture by the front entrance. We were able to see several rooms in the White House (and items such as Abraham Lincoln’s China pattern were on display!), peek through the windows at the garden, and stand in the exact spot that President Obama gives his addresses.
After dark, we joined my husband for a walking tour of the many monuments in DC. They are absolutely gorgeous at night, all lit up.
The kids and I in front of the White House following our tour. Thank goodness my cell phone was being nice and taking crisp pictures that day!
The front of the White House
Up close to the White House--this is where we left after the tour.
Proof we were there--our brochures we received at the beginning of the tour, and the kids' ranger badges!
We couldn't take pictures, so we just bought postcards of the rooms we were in.
The World War II Memorial with the Lincoln Memorial in the background
The lights & water at the World War II Memorial were beautiful!
God Bless our troops! This was carved into the walls at the World War II Memorial.
Jedi and President Lincoln
Korean War Memorial
While we were there, there were only two other people. They were a couple from Korea who are now US citizens. Every week, they lay new flowers on the memorial. They also hand out flags to anyone who was there. The kids loved the Korean flags and were very interested in learning from the couple.
Haunting carvings at the Korean War memorial.
My very favorite of all of the DC memorials--the brand new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. Not only do I absolutely love Dr. King, but his memorial was very well done. It was gorgeous and powerful and really symbolizes what Dr. King means to the country and world.
All around the memorial were famous quotes by Dr. King.
Another beautiful quote.
One of my favorite quotes, from a true hero.
Still so relevant today...
In the next few days, I’ll get the pictures up from the museum portion of our trip. And I think I have like 3 weeks worth of posts for Jedi and the girls to put up on here!