Historical Sites in the United States
The United States though is a very progressive country is also replete with rich history. Here are some very famous historical sites that you must visit on your next trip to this abundant country.
The Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial is an American national memorial built to honour Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located in Washington, D.C. The architect of this supreme piece of architecture was Henry Bacon and the designer of the primary statue of Abraham Lincoln was Daniel Chester French. The sculptors were the Piccirilli Brothers and the monument was painted by Jules Guerin. Structurally, the memorial is built in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a huge sculpture of Abraham Lincoln who is seated. There are also the inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln namely the ‘Gettysburg Address’ and his second inaugural address. Additionally, the memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech which was delivered on August 28, 1963.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a national memorial in Washington, D.C. Spreading over two acres of land, it was built to honour the members of the armed forces of the United States who fought in the Vietnam War which occurred formally over 1955-1975as well as service members who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and also those service members whose deaths were unaccounted for during the war. The main part of the memorial, which was completed in 1982, is in Constitution Gardens adjacent to the National Mall, just northeast of the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial is maintained by the National Park Service. It is said to receive approximately 3 million visitors every year. The Memorial Wall was designed by American architect Maya Lin.
Donner Memorial State Park
The Donner Memorial State Park is located outside Truckee in the state of California. It consists of about 2.5 miles of hiking trails, campgrounds, and 3 miles of lake frontage on the Donner Lake. The Donner Memorial State Park is a state park of California in the United States that was built to preserve the site of the Donner Camp, where members of the ill-fated Donner Party were trapped by the extreme weather conditions during the winter of 1846–1847. Since they were caught unaware without shelter or adequate basic and food supplies, the members of the group resorted to cannibalism to survive.
World War II Memorial
The World War II Memorial is a memorial of national significance dedicated to the Americans who served in the armed forces and also as civilians during the World War II which occurred from 1939-1945. It consists of 56 pillars and a pair of small triumphal arches surrounding a square and fountain. It is located in the National Mall in Washington, D.C right in between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. It had opened on April 29, 2004 and dedicated by President George W. Bush on May 29, 2004. It saw more than 4.6 million people visit the memorial in 2018.
World Trade Centre
The original World Trade Centre was a large complex of seven buildings in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States. It was inaugurated on April 4, 1973. At the time of their completion, the Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the world. Other buildings in the complex included the Marriott World Trade Centres. The complex contained about 13,400,000 square feet of office space.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, hijackers affiliated to the Al-Qaeda flew two Boeing 767 jets into the North and South Towers within minutes of each other and two hours later, both towers collapsed. The attacks saw 2,606 people losing their lives in and within the vicinity of the towers, as well as all 157 on board the two aircraft and destroyed the twin towers.