We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Albert Einstein Memorial
The Albert Einstein Memorial was dedicated in 1979 and sits outside the National Academy of Sciences.
2. Cuban American Friendship Urn
The story behind the Cuban American Friendship Urn is an interesting one. It was originally located in Cuba on top of a column that was a memorial to those killed when the battleship USS Maine exploded. But the column fell in 1926 and the urn was brought to DC and put in front of the Cuban Embassy. But then urn went missing in the 1960s and later reappeared in 1996.
3. Sonny Bono Memorial
This seems like a strange memorial to have in DC but it actually has a sweet background. Geary Simon is a local DC developer who was friends with Bono. After Bono’s death, Simon used DC’s Adopt-a-Park program and adopted a small piece of land near his apartment and had the memorial built
4. Temperance Fountain
The fountain was installed in 1884 as part of a strange push for prohibition. Dr. Henry Cogswell believed if people had access to free, cold water then they wouldn’t be tempted to go into saloons so he built sixteen temperance fountains in the country. The fountain no longer works, however.
5. Daguerre Monument
If you love taking photos, then this is the monument for you! Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre was the inventor of the first viable photographic process. The monument is outside the National Portrait Gallery.
6. Civil War Nurses Memorial
Also known as the "Nuns of the Battlefield" relief, this memorial is located on 1745 M St NW. During the Civil War, the only "professional" nurses were nuns from orders who ran hospitals. During the war over 600 nuns came to the battlefield to care for casualties.
7. Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism
This moving memorial is a tribute to the American citizens of Japanese descent who supported the United States during World War II and those who were held in internment camps and detention centers. The memorial consists of two Japanese cranes caught in barbed wire on top of a square pedestal.
8. George Gordon Meade Memorial
Also know as the Meade Memorial, this honors Major General George Gordon Meade. He was a career military officer who is famous for defeating General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg.
9. Gandhi Statue
Located in front of the Embassy of India, the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial was gifted to the US from Indian Council for Cultural Relations. The statue inscription reads "My life is my message."
10. Kahlil Gibran Memorial
Hidden in the woods along Normanstone Park, this is a memorial to Khalil Gibran. Gibran was a writer, poet and philosopher. He is the third best selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. It is a quiet place to relax and reflect.
11. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
This is the nation’s monument to the over 20,000 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. It features curved blue-gray marble walls with the names of those who have been killed, dating back to the first known death in 1791. New names are added to the monument every spring.
12. Samuel Hahnemann Memorial
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann was the founder of homeopathy. The monument was dedicated in 1900. It is the first sculpture in DC that pays tribute to someone not from America who was not associated with the American Revolution.
13. African American Civil War Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to the African American soldiers who fought during the Civil War. The names identifying over 200,000 soldiers are carved into the steel panels.
14. Casimir Pulaski Monument
Casimir Pulaski was a Polish marshal general who fought for and died for American independence. In the statue, Pulaski wears the uniform of a Polish marshal, which he preferred to wear rather than the Continental Army uniform.
15. Taras Shevchenko
Shevchenko was a Ukrainian poet and artist who influenced modern Ukrainian literature. It is one of the many statues in DC that honors heroes who symbolize freedom in their native countries.