Celebrating Culture

It’s difficult for me to substantiate what impressed me most about D.C.; the extent of its attention to history and technology is rather breathtaking given the political order the city is principally charged with keeping. More by coincidence than planning, a third element — culture — came across as yet another defining pillar.

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Celebrating Culture

Defining Moments

Although Washington, D.C. is a veritable showcase for the United States’ complete history, certain monuments or exhibits testify to specific struggles and triumphs this country has endured and overcome. The western anchor of the National Mall is the Lincoln Memorial, which in addition to honoring a man whose vision allowed this country to rebuild after a seemingly irreconcilable split is apparently visited nearly 24 hours a day. I thought that at night the memorial would be empty and more deeply personally connecting than when shared with strangers, but even at 10:30 PM I was not alone in my quest for a one-on-one appointment with the sixteenth president. Nevertheless, no matter the hour there is something undeniably humbling about standing before Mr. Lincoln; for all the leadership courses and “dealing with conflict” seminars that are offered today, it’s hard to ignore those who seem to possess an innate sense of direction. Washington, D.C. is full of these reminders — and as magnificent as the Lincoln Memorial is, it is far from the only tribute to hallmarks of ingenuity.

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