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George Washington Memorial

Location: Constitution Avenue & 15th Street, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle (Blue & Orange Lines)
Telephone: 202-426-6841
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Fall/Winter, 8:00 am to midnight Spring/Summer

The George Washington Monument was originally erected to honor the greatness of the city of Washington. A monumental task beginning with the laying of the cornerstone on July 4, 1843, the Washington Monument was not completed until December 6, 1884.

The Washington Monument rises 555 feet above the National Mall, following the design of architect Robert Mills, a prominent American designer of the 1840s. Construction of the monument began in 1848, but was not completed until 1884, almost 30 years after the Mr. Millsí death. This hiatus in construction was due to lack of funds and the problem of the American Civil War. A difference in shading of the marble that is visible approximately 153 feet up clearly demarcates the initial construction from its later building endeavors, resuming in 1876. The obelisk design was Mills' interpretation of city designer Pierre L'Enfant's centerpiece for the capital city. Fifty flags surround the base of the Washington Monument, one to symbolize each state in the Union.

George Washington Monument Gifts

George Washington is most popularly known as the "Father of our Country" due to the fact he was the first elected Commander in Chief of the newly founded United States of America. George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia: not as an US citizen, but rather as a British colonist. Son of Augustine and Mary Ball Washington, he was raised with no formal education but had a keen interest in expanding Western civilization and the military arts. During what would become the American Revolution, Washington attended the Second Continental Congress donning his military uniform as a sign that, as a peaceful man he would prefer not to go to war, but as a soldier he was indeed ready for war. On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress created the Continental Army and appointed Washington a Major General. Elected by the same Congress (at the same time) as the country's first Commander in Chief, it was at that moment a legend was born. See More Gifts

George Washington History

George Washington (February 22, 1732 - December 14, 1799) was the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) and served as the first President of the United States of America (1789-1797). For his central role in the formation of the United States, he is often referred to as the father of his country. The Continental Congress appointed Washington commander-in-chief of the American revolutionary forces in 1775. The following year, he forced the British out of Boston, lost New York City, and crossed the Delaware River in New Jersey, defeating the surprised enemy units later that year. As a result of his strategy, Revolutionary forces captured the two main British combat armies at Saratoga and Yorktown. Negotiating with Congress, the colonial states, and French allies, he held together a tenuous army and a fragile nation amid the threats of disintegration and failure. Read More

George Washington Monument History

The Washington Monument was designed by Robert Mills, an architect of the 1840s. The actual construction of the monument began in 1848 but was not completed until 1884, almost 30 years after the architect's death. This hiatus in construction happened because of co-option by the "Know Nothing" party, a lack of funds, and the intervention of the American Civil War. At the time, the "American Party" (aka the "Know Nothings") stole what is now known as the "Pope's Stone" and allegedly dumped it into the Potowmac River; the whereabouts of the Pope Stone remains one the great architectural mysteries in history. A difference in shading of the marble, visible approximately 150 feet (46 m) up, shows where construction was halted for a number of years. The cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1848; the capstone was set on December 6, 1884, and the completed monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885. The Washington Monument officially opened October 9, 1888.Read More

George Washington Monument Image Gallery

To truly experience our nation's capital, you must see it from the tallest structure in Washgtington DC. The Washington Monument rises 555 feet above the National Mall and offers the best view of the city. The Washington Monument was erected to honor the greatness of the city of President George Washington. The first cornerstone was placed on July 4, 1843, and was finally completed on December 6, 1884. The obelisk design was Mills'interpretation of city designer Pierre L'Enfant's centerpiece for the capital city. Fifty flags surround the base of the Monument, one to symbolize each state in the Union. Hours of operation are 9:00 am to 4:45 pm daily. It is free to get in, but you do need to get free tickets to reserve a time. View Gallery

Washington Monument images during the Cherry Blossom season.

Thanksgiving Day Proclaimation

The Washington presidency was marked by many historical occasions, such as the first Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in which Washington made November 26 "A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer." Although Thanksgiving was celebrated before and much longer after Washington was President, 1789 was the first year it was recognized by the new national government of the United States of America.

George Washington Prayer - June 8, 1783

"Almighty God: We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen."

 
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