By Lillian Ross
Being at The Lincoln Memorial left me with an overwhelming sense of patriotism. The memorial looked so majestic on the hill.
As a child, I had always wanted to see The Lincoln Memorial. To me, Lincoln was the most important leader our country has ever had. His vision to make everyone equal so that we could be a strong nation was phenomenal. He was the first to acknowledge that unity is key to success.
When I caught a glimpse of the building from a distance, I felt like a child. I wanted to run as fast as I could to be the first one to the steps. I walked up the steps to the statue of Lincoln just to stare at him. My legs were trembling and my eyes were glazed over as if the statue of President Lincoln was looking directly at me.
When I made it to the top of the stairs, my breath was taken away when I realized that I was standing in the same spot that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood and gave his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.
I took a minute to compose myself so that I could turn around and walk my way to Lincoln’s statue. The statue truly captures the essence of who Lincoln was. His face was so lifelike.
The reflecting pool, unfortunately, was under construction, so we did not get the full dramatic essence of the mall.
The other people there were captivated by the detail of the statue, too. I heard many languages being spoken; I could only imagine that they were also flabbergasted with the detail of the memorial.
The memorial was stationed on the west end of the National Mall in honor of oursixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Memorial was designed by Henry Bacon, who got his inspiration from ancient Greek temples. It took the Piccirilli brothers four years to carve the statue under the supervision of the sculptor, Daniel Chester French. President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and The Gettysburg Address are carved in the north and south sides of the chamber.
President William Howard Taft signed the bill on Feb. 11, 1911, to build the memorial. The construction began in 1914, and the memorial was opened to the public in 1922. The memorial is visited by millions of people each year, and it is the site of many protests and public gatherings.
A trip to Washington, D.C., would not be complete without visiting the Lincoln Memorial. Only to stand in front of the Lincoln statue and admire his grandeur is breathtaking.