There’s a familiarity to seeing iconic buildings and memorials that feels so comfortable. These places have always been a part of the political landscape represented in pop culture. When we visited the Lincoln Memorial, I was overtaken with emotion. The immensity of the classic Greek architecture towers around you. There are 36 columns, one for each of the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s assassination.
The statue of Lincoln himself is much larger than I had realized. If the statue Lincoln was to stand, he would be 28 feet tall. The interior has inscriptions from Lincoln’s second inaugural address and his Gettysburg Address.
It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.