War And The Death Of The National Mall Essay

1251 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 null Page
Picture this: you’re walking through what I can only describe as the equivalent to your neighborhood park, its below freezing, children are whining, adults are whispering, and all of a sudden you’re face to face with a stone-cold troop of soldiers.
If you have ever heard of or visited the National Mall you most likely have the basic understanding, that it is not in fact a mall, but rather a national park in downtown Washington D.C. The National Mall is unique in the sense that it is home to some of the nation’s most cherished memorials. However, if you did not know this, and you thought that the National Mall was in fact a real mall, don’t feel bad I was in your shoes prior to my move to DC.
To most, the idea of giant sculptures and landmarks being used to memorialize war and the death is rather off putting, but in the United States there seems to be this phenomenon of glorifying the issues surrounding history and the memories we accompany them with. One of the first things I was told I absolutely had to do when I moved to D.C., was go “monumenting.” Monumenting is a term used to refer to the act of touring around all the memorials, (the Lincoln, Washington Monument, Jefferson, World War II, etc.), in a fashion that is only befitting of the local college students.
With the common knowledge that the monuments are some of the most frequently visited “touristy” spots in DC, what surprises me is how little, DC locals, actually know about what is being memorialized. On my…

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