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Getaway to National Mall & Memorial Parks: This month’s National Park Getaway

Statues of U.S. soldiers at the Korean War Memorial
The Korean War Veterans Memorial is one of the many memorials on the National Mall that tell the story of our nation's history.

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News Release Date: September 1, 2017

Contact: Nancy Murray, 202-245-4675

WASHINGTON – National Mall and Memorial Parks, known as “America’s Front Yard,” is a unique place to travel through American history. In the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, you can stand on the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech and Marian Anderson “sang for the nation” after having been denied permission to perform at nearby Constitution Hall because of her race.

Stroll along the Tidal Basin to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and learn how America navigated the Great Depression at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial; don’t miss the statue of his wife Eleanor, who is the only First Lady included in a memorial on the National Mall. Nearby, are memorials to two Founding Fathers–George Mason, the “Father of the Bill of Rights,” and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, with a larger than life statue of the third president of the United States surrounded by excerpts of his writings. Read more

The National Park Getaways series helps people find new places to connect with nature, history, family, and friends. This month’s Getaway featuring National Mall & Memorial Parks is the 273rd installment in the series.

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Last updated: September 1, 2017