Leadership Series: The Monuments of D.C.

Washington D.C.
United States

Everyone had their own expectations for the famous monuments in D.C. With so much to see, we were anxious to visit every monument at the National Mall within the two days we were visiting. We also wanted to identify ourselves with the meaning of the structures. As leaders of civic engagement, we hoped to bring back useful knowledge of what it means to establish a solid community, as solid as the monumental buildings.

On the first night, a group of us wandered into the National Mall with the help of a Pleasantville student who interned at the White House! Cool, right? He gave us tips and tricks for commuting in the area, and fun facts about the White House and State Capitol. This was especially helpful because of how often the public confuses the two buildings with each other – the White House is not the white building with the dome, by the way! On another note, visiting the monuments at night is an experience of its own, because they are beautifully lit until sunrise.​

On the second and third day, we were able to sight-see on a beautifully sunny day. Coincidence? I think not! The universe was totally in our favor while exploring the city of national treasures. My group and I headed down to the White House, the Washington Memorial, and the Supreme Court, where all structures of stone and marble majestically stood for our cameras. Being in the presence of those buildings was truly inspiring because they represent bravery, determination, and initiative for national wellbeing.​