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Photo of the Day – February 20, 2010

I just returned home from two days in our nation’s capital.   Photos of the Day for at least the next week will be from my trip to Washington DC.   The Lincoln Memorial was built to honor our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.  The dedication of the memorial was on May 30, 1922 and President Lincoln’s son Robert Todd Lincoln was in attendance.

Architect Henry Bacon designed the memorial to resemble the Parthenon in Greece.  Thirty-six columns surround the memorial representing the 36 states at the time of Lincoln’s death.The names of all the states are carved  above the column. The names of the remaining 22 states that had joined the Union when the memorial was completed are carved on the exterior attic walls in the same manner. A plaque in front of the monument commemorates the admission of Alaska and Hawaii in 1959.

The sculptor Daniel Chester French designed the statue. The statue stands 19 feet 9 inches tall and 19 feet wide, and was carved from 28 blocks of white Georgia marble by the Piccirilli Brothers studio of Bronx, New York. Lincoln’s left hand is clenched, representing his strength and determination to see Civil War to its end.  His right hand was made open to show that he had a calm and compassionate nature.

Lincoln’s two greatest speeches are etched on the interior walls. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is etched on the south wall and his Second Inaugural Address is etched on the north wall. On the wall behind the statue above Lincoln’s head is the dedication:

IN THIS TEMPLE
AS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE
FOR WHOM HE SAVED THE UNION
THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
IS ENSHRINED FOREVER

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