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What a remarkable country we have! It is filled with sites of natural beauty, monuments to heroes, paintings, sculptures, museums to honor our past, and institutions that are a tribute to our heritage and unique experiment in government.
Each of us has our favorites, those encounters that have touched us profoundly, changed our outlooks, and expanded our knowledge and appreciation of this country. One place that comes to my mind is the Korean War Veterans Memorial, pictured above (close-ups from the same photographer here and here). Out of all the war memorials in Washington, DC, it’s penetrated my soul with the tragedy of warfare and death like no other. Its grittiness still fills me with sadness and reminds me how fragile life can be.
The National Gallery of Art — also in Washington, DC — is another personal favorite and a place of great beauty. Its collection offers art of every kind from many genres and periods. I’ve only visited a fraction of the galleries, but that’s only because the collection is so substantial. It is, truly, a joy to visit.
Finally, I will forever be in love with Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. It is one of the most beautiful natural settings that I have ever seen. Its colors and formations are breathtaking.
What are your favorite places, monuments, museums, galleries, memorials in this country? Why do they move you so?