On New Year's Eve Day, Eliza and her Welsh friend Madeleine and I took a stroll around the Mall in DC. Madeleine is taking full advantage of all DC has to offer before returning to the UK next month (snif!). We live in the area and do this very infrequently...so a good excuse. And a beautiful sunny day to be walking around.
Madeleine very artistically composed this photo, with the Washington Monument coming out of Eliza's head:
We strolled down to the World War II Memorial first. This memorial is extremely moving, the more so for the experience of the last few years.
As you enter the memorial, the walkways are lined with bas-relief panels that depict scenes from the war and wartime. Apologies for the resolution--they were a bit difficult to photograph:
This one depicts women serving in the military:
This shows Rosie the Riveter:
The following depicts flight crews prepping their bombers, faithful mascot standing by:
Here's the fountain at the center:
From there we walked to the FDR Memorial. This memorial is laid out as a journey through the four terms, highlighting the challenges and accomplishments of each.
Visitors are greeted by FDR in his chair, a modified dining chair:
Here he is with Fala:
Here's Eleanor (we tried to capture a lot of the engraved quotes, here and at the World War II Memorial, and just couldn't get good resolution...):