On Saturday, April 9th, 2005, I joined thousands of other people and made the journey into DC for the 2005 National Cherry Blossom Festival. It was a great spring day to be outside, and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. For more information on the Cherry Blossom Festival, visit their website at http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/.
I rode the Metro and got off at the Smithsonian Metro Station. The first thing I noticed was how many people were enjoying the nice weather on the Mall.
People on the Mall with the National Capitol Building in the background
A mom with a stroller getting ready to fly a kite
My plans for the day were to walk around the Tidal Basin and stop by the FDR and Jefferson Memorials. I started walking west towards the Washington Monument and the Tidal Basin.
I got my first view of cherry blossoms around the Washington Monument. I also was able to see the Jefferson Memorial through the cherry blossoms on the opposite side of the Tidal Basin. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom.
The Washington Monument
The Jefferson Memorial seen through the cherry blossoms.
As I walked towards the Tidal Basin, I found myself at the National Park Service’s Tulip Library. I briefly stopped to view the tulips. Only a few varieties were blooming, but it was still a beautiful site.
Some of the tulips blooming in the Tulip Library
The canopy of cherry blossoms surrounding the Tidal Basin
Crowds of people along the edge of the Tidal Basin enjoying the cherry blossoms and people taking boat rides through the Tidal Basin
Another view of the cherry blossoms surrounding the Tidal Basin
I realized that I was close to the National World War II Memorial. (http://www.wwiimemorial.com/). I decided to visit it before walking around the Tidal Basin. The Memorial opened to the public in April 2004, and this was my first chance to see the completed memorial. I wasn’t the only person who took the opportunity to visit the memorial. The memorial is located between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
The National World War II Memorial has both Atlantic and Pacific pavilions, they represent the fact that the war was fought across both oceans. The memorial also has a pillar for each of the U. S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia. One side of the memorial has a Freedom Wall with 4,000 gold stars that commemorate the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives in the war.
A crowd of people by the National World War II Memorial Visitor Center
The fountains in the National World War II Memorial
A crowd of people visiting the National World War II Memorial
The Washington Monument in the distance behind the National World War II Memorial
The Pacific pavilion of the National World War II Memorial
The Freedom Wall
View of the Lincoln Memorial from the National World War II Memorial
After viewing the National World War II Memorial, I could have continued walking west towards the Lincoln Memorial, but I had visited it last year, and my intentions were to walk around the Tidal Basin. There were thousands of people around the Tidal Basin.
Crowd of people waiting to cross the street after viewing the cherry blossoms
The 350-year old Japanese stone lantern
Another view of the white canopy created by the cherry blossoms
I continued my walk around the Tidal Basin. I stopped at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (http://www.nps.gov/fdrm/). This was my first time visiting the memorial. The memorial is located along the western edge of the Tidal Basin. The memorial has several rooms and scenes.
Statue of FDR in a wheelchair in the first room
First room of the FDR Memorial
Statue representing the “Breadline” in the second room of the FDR Memorial
View of the Washington Monument from the FDR Memorial
Statue representing the “Fireside Chat” in the second room of the FDR Memorial
One of the many waterfalls in the FDR Memorial
Mural of faces in the FDR Memorial
Another waterfall in the FDR Memorial
Statue of FDR and his dog in the third room of the FDR Memorial
Statue of Eleanor Roosevelt in the fourth room of the FDR Memorial
After viewing all of the room of the FDR Memorial, I continued my way around the Tidal Basin towards the Jefferson Memorial.
The Jefferson Memorial as seen from the FDR Memorial
The U.S. Capitol Building as seen from the Tidal Basin
Another view of the Jefferson Memorial from the edge of the Tidal Basin
Before going into the Jefferson Memorial, I stopped at the George Mason Memorial (http://www.nps.gov/gemm/). The George Mason Memorial, located in East Potomac Park behind the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. It commemorates the contributions of George Mason who was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which served as an inspiration to Thomas Jefferson while writing the Declaration of Independence. The memorial is still fairly new having been dedicated in 2002.
Statue of George Mason
Finally, I arrived at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial (http://www.nps.gov/thje/).
View of the backside of the Jefferson Memorial
Statue of Thomas Jefferson inside the Jefferson Memorial
Inside the Jefferson Memorial
The front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial