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Headshot of 7 ft., 1,000 lb. stainless steel statue at Korean War Veterans Memorial.
Sculptor and Battle of the Bulge Veteran, Frank Gaylord, depicts war weary soldiers at the Korean War Veterans Memorial. He captures the angst of soldiers as they surveil their surroundings. Look for several programs on the Cold War and Korean War.

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Featured Programs for June 17-29

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Saturday, June 17

Obscure Memorials of the National Mall (Repeats Saturday June 24)
Ranger-led Walk (about 1½ miles): 10 AM-12 Noon and 3-5 PM.
Just about everybody knows the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, but what about the others? Follow the path least taken. Meet: World War II Memorial.

Presidents and Indians
Ranger-led Walk (about 1½ miles): 7-8:30 PM
Native American-European American relations in this nation's history through the interactions of U.S. Presidents. Meet: Washington Monument (base).

“The Terrific Strain of it All”
Ranger-led Walk (about 1¼ miles): 7-9 PM
In 1915, the average soldier was straining under the weight of war. Allied resistance was beginning to wither. Meet: World War II Memorial (contact station).

Wednesday/Thursday, June 21/22

A Clash of Cultures (Wednesday 21st) (repeats June 29)
Ranger-led Walk (about 1 mile): 2-4 PM
Why did Japan become more aggressive in the 1930's and how did the United States react? The program explores their troubled relationship.
Meet: World War II Memorial (contact station).

Barbarossa (Thursday 22nd)
Ranger Talk: 2-2:45 PM and 4-4:45 PM
Code named, Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union by the Germans and their allies determined the fate of the Second World War and sealed the fate of the Third Reich and WWII. Meet: World War II Memorial (contact station).

Saturday, June 24

Ranger Run
Ranger-led Run (3-4 miles): 8-9:30 AM
An exhilarating trek around the National Mall to hear stories about some of the iconic sites and others that aren’t so famous.
Meet: Washington Monument Lodge (15th St between Jefferson and Madison Drives).

Crisis in Korea
Ranger Talk: 2-2:45 PM and 4-4:45 PM
The invasion of South Korea involved the United Nations in their first real 'crisis', and the United States in a "hot war" in the Cold War. Meet: Korean War Veterans Memorial (contact station).

Who was the "White House Iceberg?"
Ranger-led Walk (about 1½ miles): 7-8:30 PM
What president was instrumental in setting up the NCAA? Which chief executive was fined for speeding with a horse and carriage? Meet: Washington Monument (base).

Cold War on the Mall
Ranger-led Walk (about ¾ mile) 7-9 PM
WWI and WWII, foreshadow the hot wars that explode in Korea and Vietnam. How do we look at the Cold War in the 21st Century? Meet: World War II Memorial (contact station).

Sunday, June 25

Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington
Ranger-led Walk: (about 1 mile): 5-7 PM
You think you know Washington? Wait until you see what it was like when Abraham Lincoln showed up. Meet: Washington Monument (base).

Wednesday, June 28

United Nations Participation in the Korean War
Ranger Talks: 11-11:30 AM and 1-1:30 PM
The Korean War was the first time the United Nations intervened in a conflict to roll back aggression. Learn about the contributions of the 22 countries that made up the United Nations Command. Meet: Korean War Veterans Memorial (ranger station).


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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Cold War on the Mall

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: World War II Memorial (contact station)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk (about ¾ mile) On the National Mall there are four memorials that help tell the story of the Cold War and its origins in WWI and WWII, foreshadowing the hot wars that explode in Korea and Vietnam. How are these conflicts connected?

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Crisis in Korea

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM,4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
    • Location: Korean War Veterans Memorial (contact station).
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Ranger Talk The invasion of South Korea by North Korea resulted in two important developments. The first involved the United Nations in their first real 'crisis', and the second one was the United States became embroiled in a "hot war" in the Cold War.

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Obscure Memorials of the National Mall

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM,3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: World War II Memorial (contact station)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk (about 1½ miles) Just about everybody knows the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, but do you know about the others? Follow the path least taken.

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Ranger Run

    • Time: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
    • Location: Washington Monument Lodge (15th St between Jefferson and Madison Drives)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Ranger-led Run (3-4 miles) an exhilarating trek around the National Mall to hear stories about some of the most iconic sites in the city, and others that aren’t as famous.

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Who was the "White House Iceberg?"

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Washington Monument (base)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk (about 1½ miles) Which Chief Executive was fined for speeding with a horse and carriage?

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington

    • Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • Location: Washington Monument (base)
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk (about 1 mile) You think you know Washington? Wait until you see what it was like when Abraham Lincoln showed up.

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    United Nations Participation in the Korean War

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM,1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
    • Location: Korean War Veterans Memorial (ranger station)
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Ranger Talks

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    A Clash of Cultures

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: World War II Memorial (contact station)
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk: (about 1 mile) Why did Japan became more aggressive in the 1930's? How did the United States react to this behavior?

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    Presidents and American Indians

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Washington Monument (base)
    • Fees: FREE
    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Ranger led walk (about 1½ miles). We have memorials for Presidents. Were these and other chief executives fair in dealing with American Indians?

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Independence Day 2017 on the Mall

    • Location: National Mall and Memorial Parks
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, July 4, 2017

    Celebrate Independence Day 2017!

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Vote for Liberty!

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, July 4, 2017

    Park Ranger/Volunteers Living History: 1- 6 PM (ongoing, period clothing). Celebrate the 241st Birthday of the United States and sign a copy of the Declaration of Independence.

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Citadel and Husky: The Tide Turns

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: World War II Memorial (contact station)
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, July 7, 2017

    Ranger Talk: 7-8 PM. In 1943, the Allies seized the initiative from Germany at Kursk and with the Sicily landings. How did this unfold...

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    "Nothing short of hell on earth"

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: World War II Memorial (contact station)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 8, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk (about 1 mile): 7-9 PM. By 1916 World War I pressed on with no end in sight. The Battle of the Somme and others reflected the reality of 1916.

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Ranger Run

    • Time: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
    • Location: Washington Monument Lodge (15th St. between Jefferson and Madison Drives)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 8, 2017

    Ranger-led Run (3-4 miles) An exhilarating trek around the National Mall to hear stories about some of the iconic sites in the city, and others that aren’t as famous.

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Who was the "White House Iceberg?"

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Washington Monument (base)
    • Fees: FREE
    Saturday, July 8, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk (about 1½ miles). Which chief executive was fined for speeding with a horse and carriage?

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: Meet: Washington Monument (base)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 15, 2017

    Ranger-led Walking Tour (about 1 mile). Explore the city as it was in Lincoln's time.

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Presidents and American Indians

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Washington Monument (base)
    • Fees: FREE
    Saturday, July 15, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk (about 1½ miles). We have memorials for presidents. Were these and other chief executives fair in dealing with American Indians?

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Every Girl Pulling For Victory!

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, 144 Constitution Avenue, NE
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 16, 2017

    Ranger Talk. An exciting look at the role of women during the First World War.

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    A Clash of Cultures

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: World War II Memorial (contact station)
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk (about 1 mile). The road to Pearl Harbor had its twists and turns. Why did Japan became more aggressive in the 1930's?

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Liberating France 1944

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: World War II Memorial (contact station)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk (about 1 mile). After the Allies landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944 the struggle to liberate the rest of France became longer than expected.

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Ranger Run

    • Time: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
    • Location: Washington Monument Lodge (15th St. between Jefferson and Madison Drives)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Ranger-led Run (3-4 miles): 8-9:30 AM An exhilarating trek around the National Mall to hear stories about some of the iconic sites in the city, and others that aren’t as famous.

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    The Burning of Washington and the War of 1812

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument (144 Constitution Ave NE)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk (about 3½ miles). August 1814: Washington is in flames! Enemy troops celebrate with a march down Pennsylvania Avenue.

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Who was the "White House Iceberg?"

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Washington Monument (base)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk (about 1½ miles). Which chief executive was fined for speeding with a horse and carriage?

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