|A recent visit to Washington, DC that involved USA Patriotism! had a profound impact on me beyond its primary purpose. And that occurred not with meeting elected officials, but with taking another up close look at America's heritage that is in abundance in the National Mall.|
The closest description of how I felt was ... pure pride in being an American, what the USA has accomplished, and what it stands for. And that is what one should come away with when seeing our American heritage on display at the various museums, monuments, memorials, the White House, Capitol, Supreme Court, and more in Washington, DC.
David G. Bancroft
I won't even go into the emotional grabbing visits to the World War II, Vietnam War, Korean War, and Iwo Jima memorials. All I will say is that each had a specific meaning to me . . . and that every American seeing them should do so knowing that they are tributes to the many who have kept America free and strong. (These special memorials are also a reminder of what makes the National Mall available to all who wish to see it.)
Quite frankly, I think every American should enjoy our national heritage up close in Washington, DC at least twice... The first time as a child (10 to 13 ideal) with your parents and the second time as a parent with your child. (Grandparents would enjoy seeing the reactions and expressions of their 10 to 13 year old grandchildren, as well. I sure did!)
I sincerely encourage every reader, even non-Americans, who haven't visited the National Mall in Washington, DC to make it a trip priority. Nor does it require any particular political belief, what the elected officials in DC might be bickering about, or how hot / cold it is. You will come away impressed in your own way!
One more parallel thought... Just think about countries like Italy, Germany, France, Spain, England, Japan, China, Russia, and Egypt. Each one of these and many other countries are filled with wonders specific to itself that should make their citizens so very proud of their much older heritage, regardless if there are a few historical stains that can never be forgotten. And just like Americans, it is the people of each country who are the reason for and sustain this heritage, not its leaders.
Finally, you are welcome to read my poem, I Took The Walk, as it is a reflection on some of the more heartfelt visits.