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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trip to D.C.

This summer, I had the opportunity to visit our nation's capital. As a landscape architecture student, I found it really cool to visit all the monuments and the city of Washington D.C. These monuments have a lot of meaning behind them, and it showed more than I imagined. I found the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the National World War II Memorial, and the Arlington National Cemetery particularly interesting.

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The Korean War Veterans Memorial was somewhat eerie because you are surrounded by statues of soldiers lurking through a garden of juniper. It was especially neat at night. Lights dimly lit the monuments so all you saw were figures coming out of the garden, and with a little fog that night, it was spectacular.


The National World War II Memorial portrays a sense of one nation. Every state is represented by large columns that create an arcade outlining a fountained pond. This is one of the newest memorials on the campus, which opened in 2004.

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Lastly, the Arlington National Cemetery may have been the most impactful to me. The cemetery is massive. It would take a couple of days to see the whole thing. You get amazing views of the city, including some incomparable views that mix emotion, patriotism and a picturesque landscape.

I think the trip to Washington D.C. helped me see the impact that landscape architecture has on a country, a cause, and a person. These monuments will stand for years to come and represent history and lives. Not many other professions get the opportunity to make impacts like landscape architecture.

Attached is a link about the monuments in Washington D.C.:


Landscape Design and Planning