Niagara Falls Tour 2015
Day 5

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This is part 4 of the story of our trip, this part is to Niagara Falls, Philadelphia and Washington DC, in May of 2015. 
It was part of a round the world trip that included France, London and the USA
(New York, Niagara Falls, Canyon Country and the Tall Trees)

Tour Day 5 Washington DC Area 

The nation’s capital is a sightseeing treasure trove, and your half-day tour with a Local Guide features Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and other well-known sights. Stop for photos at the White House and Capitol Hill. The afternoon is free. Your Tour Director will suggest independent activities for exploring this fascinating city. Train goes into Washington or explore river or shops.

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25-May-2015
 
We did not realise until a few days before that we would be in the US Capital on Memorial Day, quite fitting as today's tour will take us to many of the Capitals important memorials.  We start our bus tour and drive by the Pentagon and on to Arlington Cemetery.  Being Memorial Day it was crowded and as President Obama was to make an address, it was under strict security measures.  We made our way up to the graves of President John Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy. Roses were given to all who wanted them which were to be placed on a grave of their choice.  Every one of the around 400,000 graves had a small American flag placed next to it. Amazing!  We then went on to see the Vietnam veterans and the Korean Veterans Memorials; very moving.  Then we made our way to the Whitehouse, North entrance and then onto the US Capitol Building.  We were dropped off at the Smithsonian Castle  for a few hours of free time before we had to get back for our trip back to Alexandria and our Hotel.  We wandered off and headed for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum passing many people getting ready for the big Memorial parade.  At the Museum we looked around amidst a mass of people.  After seeing what there was to see we rushed out to try and catch the parade.  There were quite a few people watching and it took a while to get a reasonable photographing spot.  Every now and then the parade would stop - it was being televised and you just have to stop for commercial breaks.  After a couple of hours towards the end of the parade, we had to leave and head back to the castle and our hotel.

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Pentagon Building. Returned Service veterans marching to Arlington Cemetery. Roses for the fallen.
Some of the around 400,000 graves    
John F Kennedy Grave Stone Robert Kennedy Grave Stone.  
Einstein Statue Vietnam's Veterans Memorial.  
The Three Soldiers Statue Lincoln Memorial. Washington Monument
Lincoln Memorial. Washington Monument The statue of Abraham Lincoln
The statue of Abraham Lincoln Washington Monument Lincoln Memorial.
Colin and the Washington Monument 

Arlington Bridge Equestrian Statue.

Lincoln Memorial.
Korean War Memorial. Korean War Memorial. Korean War Memorial.
Korean War Memorial. Korean War Memorial. Korean War Memorial.
   
Korean War Memorial. Korean War Memorial Wall  Engravings on the memorial wall. 
Kosciuszko Statue,  Lafayette Square Jackson Statue, Lafayette Square  Lafayette Square looking towards Pennsylvania Ave NW  and the Whitehouse.
The Whitehouse - North Entrance  Smithsonian American Art Museum.   
The United States Capitol Building  West Front  The Capitol Building Dome under repair. 
The Dome is a mass of scaffolding. The United States Capitol Building  The United States Capitol Building 
The United States Capitol Building  Ducking around again  Smithsonian Castle - Visitors Centre. 
Getting ready for the Memorial Day Parade.     
     
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.     
     
     
     
  747 Jumbo.   
Stealth Drone  WWII fighters   
  National Mall looking towards the Capitol Building.  Lining up - ready to go. 
Getting ready for the parade.  The start   High School bands were amazing. 
     
  Veteran cars for veterans.   
     
Every 10 minutes the parade would stop  - TV commercial time     
A potato - ???     
     
Wells Fargo  John Kennedy - PT boat captain.  We had to go and catch our bus, so we cut across the Mall
The Mall was being re-developed.  Towards the Washington Monument  Towards the Capitol Building 
Inside the Smithsonian Castle  Inside the Smithsonian Castle  Inside the Smithsonian Castle 
Inside the Smithsonian Castle  Inside the Smithsonian Castle  Outside the Smithsonian Castle 

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