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Hi loves!  Back today with another travel blurb from my Washington D.C./Virginia vacation.  We decided to drive to Virginia Beach for the remainder of our vacation, but before leaving we wanted to hit up a few of the monuments we were not able to visit.

One of the monuments we wanted to see was the George Mason memorial.  To be completely honest, I didn’t know who he was until this visit.  For those of you who do not know who he was or what he did.  Here is a little history lesson for you!

George Mason was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Independence.  He was also inspiration to Thomas Jefferson on the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.  Mason was also known for withholding his signature on the United States Constitution, because it did not eliminate slavery and offered no protection from the federal government, in case they became free.


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This memorial was a little sad to see.  The grounds around it were unkempt, garbage everywhere, lawn was overgrown, and the fountain on the grounds was pretty disgusting.  I hope that since my visit, the grounds have been taken care of.

Thomas Jefferson memorial

 

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Vietnam Veterans war memorial

This memorial kind of brought tears to my eyes! So sad to see all the names of the lives lost during this war.

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Last but not least some shots in full tourist mode!

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On our way to see the Capitol State building

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We had to stop at some of the souvenir carts to grab some gear! My fiance and kids in full tourist mode

**Souvenir tip**
Screenshot_2016-07-13-12-12-37Pressed pennies are a cheap and inexpensive souvenir!  You can find press penny locations here.

I hope you enjoyed seeing our last day in D.C.!  We definitely didn’t get to see everything we wanted to see, but there is always next time 🙂

Jacki

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