October 2, 2013 |
At Marion Park on Capitol Hill, two fence gates were chained closed, but one was not, and a group of children played inside. At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, on the Mall, the entrance was blocked with barricades, but visitors just walked around the barriers and entered. At the closed-off National World War II Memorial, two days of assaults by veterans prompted the National Park Service to announce that they had the legal right to be there and would not be barred in the future.
November 23, 2011 |
I can tell you where almost every monument is. There's over 200. It's kind of all in my head, but we also have a database. It includes all of the structures, both monuments and architectural features, buildings — anything that's a built feature. That gets reviewed every five or six years to determine the condition of something. And if we find that the condition is fair, that becomes a priority to work on it to make it good. After...
November 13, 2011 |
THE DEDICATION OF the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial was a beautiful and proud moment for the United States. Now Americans will begin the process of getting to know their newest monument, visiting by day and night, meditating on the words carved in stone. We hope before that process goes much further, though, a meaningful flaw in the monument will be fixed. As we've noted before , one King quotation has been paraphrased to the point of total distortion. A spokesman for the...
June 18, 2013 |
There has been a groundswell of opposition recently to a proposed parkway that would connect Prince William and Loudoun counties, with many residents sharing similar concerns. Opponents have said that the Bi-County Parkway , a 10-mile state thoroughfare that would connect Interstate 66 in Prince William with Route 50 in Loudoun, would adversely affect nearby Civil War grounds, threaten part of Prince William's 80,000-acre protected rural area and create a traffic nightmare...
July 23, 2013 |
Dozens of Prince William County residents capitalized on the appearance of a key player in the debate over the proposed Bi-County Parkway Tuesday to reiterate concerns about the contentious state-planned road. The proposed 10-mile parkway would connect I-66 in Prince William County with Route 50 in Loudoun County, and is considered, state transportation planners say, to be a crucial section of a planned north-south corridor. Because the state-proposed route of the road...
April 29, 2013 |
It was the biggest battle of the war, unequaled in scale and violence by anything seen before or since on this continent. Two immense armies collided in the fields and orchards and woods around Gettysburg, Pa., on July 1, 1863, and fought for three days, full-bore, no quarter given, a massive smash-up that was arguably the pivotal moment of the great conflict that sits at the heart of American history. Abraham Lincoln called what happened in Gettysburg "a new birth of freedom," a phrase that chiseled its way into our...