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Headshot of 7 ft., 1,000 lb. stainless steel statue at Korean War Veterans Memorial.
Artist 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 surrounding. 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 became 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 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 as 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. D.C. 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

    The United States Flag Turns 240!

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: Washington Monument (base, near Circle of Flags)
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Ranger Living History (ongoing program). Volunteers in period clothing celebrate and discuss the national flag's creation and changes over last 240 years.

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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 17, 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

    Presidents and Indians

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Washington Monument (base)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, June 17, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk (about 1½ miles) We have memorials to four Presidents. Were these and other Chief Executives fair in dealing with Native Americans?

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    The Terrific Strain of it All

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: World War II Memorial (contact station)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, June 17, 2017

    Ranger-led Walk (about 1¼ miles) 1915, after the Great War entered its second year, the pressure increased for everyone.

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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
    Wednesday, June 21, 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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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Barbarossa

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM,4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
    • Location: World War II Memorial (contact station)
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Ranger Talk The operation code named, Barbarossa, is part of German history. What was the significance of the German name? Why did this seal the fate of the Third Reich and the Second World War?

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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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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Presidents and Indians

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

    Ranger led walk (about 1.5 miles). We have memorials to four Presidents. Were these and other Chief Executives fair in dealing with Native Americans?

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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 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, 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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