I especially loved reading Lincoln's famous words from his second inaugural address...after a hard won victory and a divided nation before him. Here's a sampling:
With the above as his overall guiding virtue, he sets out to tackle the great issues of his day...are they that different than our own?
"Let us strive to finish the work we are in - to bind up the nation's wounds and care for [others]..."
I am seeing this everyday here in New York (& beyond) right now. It's so apparent to me now that the greatness of a community or a nation lies in the individual people. If you don't know who needs help in your area, go to your church leader, your community center, or to a senior home and find someone to serve...and go serve them in love.
"To achieve a lasting peace among ourselves and all nations."
D.C. recommendations...(we weren't there long, so I am sorry this list is so short. There are so many other things we weren't able to do yet.)
1. Eat at Rasika, an Indian restaurant in the Penn Quarter (very close to the Mall). You MUST order the Palak Chaat. That stuff is unbelievable. Think fried spinach with the best combination of flavors and spices you could imagine. I think we have to stop at that place every time we're in town. We loved it that much. It's no wonder it's the most highly rated Indian restaurant in the city. (Also, they are hugely accommodating with preparing a meal without gluten and dairy, if needed.)
2. Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. It's great for kids and adults alike. We loved the Wright Brothers exhibit.
3. Arlington National Cemetery. So breathtaking to see. Make your way to the Tomb of the Unkowns, which is guarded by soldiers 24/7. Visit on the hour for the changing of the guard.
4. Drummer's Circle at Meridian Hill Park. This is one of the most beautiful parks in D.C. Take a picnic, people watch, play frisbee, and enjoy the music of tons drummers (they play roughly between 3 pm and 9 pm).
5. See the monuments and the Capital at night! Many of the D.C. women we met told us we had to do this...and that it was so romantic to take an evening stroll. It was. :)
Have you been to Washington D.C.? I'd love to hear if you have some recommendations. We plan to visit again in the spring.
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