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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Federal Triangle, District of Columbia

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1District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — A Soldier’s Journey
In front of you is an illustration of the sculpture that will be installed in this space in 2024. “A Soldier’s Journey” depicts a series of scenes based on the myth of “the hero’s journey,” in which a recurring figure of an American soldier . . . Map (db m179907) HM
2District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — A Soldier's Journey
This memorial's central sculpture, A Soldier's Journey, depicts scenes based on the archetypal myth of "the hero's journey," in which the hero embarks on a quest, wins victory in an epic struggle, and comes home changed by his passage . . . Map (db m171290) HM
3District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — Alexander Robey Shepherd
Governor, Territory of the District of Columbia (1873-1874) Born Washington, D.C. January 31, 1835 Died Batopilas, Mexico, September 12, 1902 Buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Civil War Union veteran, entrepreneur, civil leader . . . Map (db m65158) HM
4District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — Americans All
All segments of American society contributed to the war effort during World War I. Despite racism at home and in the military, more than 350,000 African Americans served in uniform. Black soldiers were segregated into separate units, and and . . . Map (db m174084) HM
5District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — Andrew W. Mellon — 1855 – 1937 — [Memorial Fountain] —
Financier, Industrialist, Statesman Secretary of the Treasury 1921-1932 Ambassador to Great Britain 1932-1933 Founder of the National Gallery of Art 1937 This fountain is a tribute from his friends.Map (db m71866) HM
6District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 5 — Appointed Rounds — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
The imposing Ariel Rios Building opened in 1934 to house the U.S. Post Office Department. Architect William A. Delano, of the New York firm Delano and Aldrich, drew inspiration from Paris and other European cities to design the building's . . . Map (db m57207) HM
7District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — Armistice and Legacy
As American troops moved through the Meuse-Argonne, it became apparent that Germany had lost the war. An armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, effective at 11:00 a.m. — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. In . . . Map (db m171289) HM
8District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 6 — Arts and Artists — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
Woodrow Wilson Plaza honors President Woodrow Wilson, noted scholar and former president of Princeton University. Located just inside the Ronald Reagan building ahead is the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the nation's . . . Map (db m57208) HM
9District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — Beyond the AEF
The American Expeditionary Forces were the soldiers and marines who fought on the Western Front in France and Belgium. But many other Americans served in the war. While the United States initially remained neural, thousands of Americans . . . Map (db m171283) HM
10District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — Commerce to Commemoration — The Evolution of a City Block
General John J. Pershing died in 1948. The troops he led to victory 30 years before in World War I wanted a memorial. Of the potential locations, the block that you are standing on was the most appealing. It was available and it was next to the . . . Map (db m179904) HM
11District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 9 — Completing the Triangle — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center honoring the 40th president, filled the last open space in the Federal Triangle. When former First Lady Nancy Reagan dedicated it in 1998, the redevelopment of this area of . . . Map (db m57205) HM
12District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — Daniel Patrick Moynihan Place — Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote the Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture and the proposal for the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Avenue, which President John F. Kennedy proclaimed on May 23, 1962. He served in the . . . Map (db m49586) HM
13District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 14 — Equal Justice Under the Law — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
The roots of America's top law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice, reach back to 1789. That year the first Congress created the Office of the Attorney General to prosecute lawsuits in the Supreme Court and advise the President and . . . Map (db m57214) HM
14District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — Flags of the World
Lithuania Capital Vilnius Population 2.88 Million Primary Export Refined fuel Flag Fact Lithuania's flag features three equal horizontal bands of yellow (top), green, and red. The color yellow symbolizes golden fields, . . . Map (db m113333) HM
15District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — From Homefront to Battlefront
When the United States declared war in April 1917, the U.S. Army had fewer than 130,000 men. By the end of the war, 4.7 million Americans would serve in the military, two million of them in Europe. While many Americans volunteered or were . . . Map (db m171287) HM
16District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 11 — From Workers to Environment — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, whose mission is to protect human health and the environment, has occupied the majority of offices in this block since 2001. EPA West (this building), the adjacent Mellon Auditorium, . . . Map (db m57210) HM
17District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 3 — G-Men and G-Women — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is headquartered across Pennsylvania Avenue from this spot. Thanks to popular media, it may be one of the better-known government agencies. Since the 1930s Hollywood has found great stories among the . . . Map (db m57218) HM
18District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 2 — Grandeur for the People — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
The National Archives, keeper of the nation's founding documents and most important federal government records, occupies this important spot halfway between the Capitol and the White House. Before the Archives building was constructed, federal . . . Map (db m57217) HM
19District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — In Memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt — 1882 - 1945
In September, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called his friend, Supreme Court Justice Frankfurter, to the White House and asked the Justice to remember the wish he then expressed:
“If any memorial is erected to . . . Map (db m31631) HM
20District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — John J. Pershing, General of the Armies (1860-1948) — The Western Front - The Meuse-Argonne Campaign
[Panel 1]: On 6 April 1917, the United States entered World War I. With few regular forces, the task of training and transporting an effective army to fight in France was formidable. The U.S. Navy, acting swiftly to combat the German . . . Map (db m29593) HM
21District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 12 — Keeping It Green — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is the youngest agency housed here in the Federal Triangle. Established as an independent agency in 1970, EPA protects human health and the environment through science, transparency, and the rule of . . . Map (db m57211) HM
22District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — Marion Barry, Jr. — (1936 - 2014) — "Mayor for Life" —
Marion Barry, Jr. (1936 - 2014) "Mayor for Life" His fervor for justice, fairness, and equality led him to become a champion of the people. Marion Barry, Jr., held elected office in the District of Columbia for 35 years. . . . Map (db m114749) HM
23District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — .1 — Market Space: Yesterday’s Town Square — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail —
Hay for the horses, produce for the table, live chickens for the pot, and a hat for your head.”
All this and more could be had right here during the Civil War. The triangular area just ahead to your left . . . Map (db m27529) HM
24District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — Nathan Hale — "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country."
Captain, Army of the United States Born at Coventry, Connecticut, June 6, 1755 In the performance of his duty, he resigned his life, a sacrifice to his country's liberty at New York, September 22, 1776Map (db m27241) HM
25District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — National Intelligencer — 1800-1865
Founded by Samuel Harrison Smith and later published by Joseph Gales, Jr. The National Intelligencer for 65 years was a leading journal in the nation's capital, a vital force in the country's political life, a principal source of information about . . . Map (db m51471) HM
26District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 8 — Open For Business — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
Across the street the Department of Commerce's Herbert C. Hoover Building anchors the Federal Triangle, just as the department - with its mission of promoting trade, supporting economic development, and strengthening the competitiveness of . . . Map (db m57204) HM
27District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 13 — Our Tax Dollars — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
While only Congress — the people's elected representatives — can impose taxes and decide how they are spent, the Internal Revenue Service, a bureau of the U.S. Treasury, ensures those taxes are collected fairly and efficiently. The IRS . . . Map (db m57212) HM
28District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — Permanence and Grandeur: Building the Federal Triangle
The Original PlanYou are standing on Pennsylvania Avenue, the nation's symbolic Main Street. Known for inaugural and other parades and civic demonstrations, its importance dates back to Pierre L'Enfant's 1791 plan for the city of Washington. . . . Map (db m17581) HM
29District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 4 — Preserving the Past — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
This massive granite building was completed in 1899 to house the U.S. Post Office Department and the busy city post office. Designed by the U.S. Treasury Department architects under Willoughby J. Edbrooke, it was Washington’s first . . . Map (db m65355) HM
30District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 16 — Protecting Consumers and Competition — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
This is the Federal Trade Commission Building, home of the agency that defends the public against unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices. One of the older independent Federal agencies, the FTC was created in . . . Map (db m59219) HM
31District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — Statue of Benjamin Franklin
Franklin Printer. Philosopher. Patriot. Philanthropist.Map (db m195515) HM
32District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 15 — Temple for Our History — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
You’re standing at the National Archives Building, the first permanent repository for the original records of the federal government. They include the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, displayed inside . . . Map (db m130755) HM
33District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — The AEF in the Great War, 1917-1918
The first elements of the American Expeditionary Forces, under the command of General John J. Pershing, arrived in France in June 1917, but they lacked the numbers and training to the committed to combat. There was also debate over how the . . . Map (db m174083) HM
34District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — The Bald Eagle
The Bald Eagle presented by the National Wildlife Federation and American Communications Network in commemoration of the Bicentennial of our Nation's Symbol 1782 - 1982 [Artist's statement on the . . . Map (db m115344) HM
35District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 10 — The Division — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
Soon after the Federal government moved to Washington in 1800, this area attracted shops and stables to serve the new residents. But where Constitution Avenue runs today, just south of this sign, Tiber Creek flowed - and often flooded. In . . . Map (db m57209) HM
36District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — The John A. Wilson Building
The John A. Wilson Building is headquarters of the local government that serves the nearly 600,000 citizens who call the Nation's capital their home. The Mayor and the 13-member Council, elected by residents of the District of Columbia, oversee all . . . Map (db m65712) HM
37District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — To the Memory of Oscar S. Straus — 1850 - Statesman, Author, Diplomat - 1926 — "Liberty" - "Reason" —
This monument was erected by public subscription in accordance with the joint resolution of Congress of December 16, 1927. Signed by President Coolidge March 2, 1929, in memory of Oscar S. Straus 1850 - 1926 Author . . . Map (db m9159) HM
38District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — U. S. Post Office Department — Ariel Rios Federal Building — Woodrow Wilson Plaza —
Inscription above the frieze, center, west side entablature: The Post Office Department, in its ceaseless labors, pervades every channel of commerce and every theatre of human enterprise, and while visiting, as it does kindly every . . . Map (db m49587) HM
39District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 7 — Washington, DC: Capital and City — Make No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail —
This is the John A. Wilson Building, Washington, DC's city hall, home to DC's mayor and city council. When completed in 1908, it was known as the District Building (for District of Columbia). Cope and Stewardson of Philadelphia won the . . . Map (db m57141) HM
40District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — Western Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue — [Freedom Plaza]
Western Plaza consists of a large raised terrace in which part of L'Enfant's original 1791 plan for Washington, D.C. is rendered in black and white stone. At one end of the raised terrace is a pool. At the other is a shaded sitting area around a . . . Map (db m17966) HM
41District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — World War I Memorial
You are standing in the National World War I Memorial. Before you is the American Expeditionary Forces Memorial, dedicated in 1981 to honor the American forces who served in Europe during the war and their commander, General John J. Pershing. In . . . Map (db m171275) HM
42District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — World War I Memorial
Whether our lives and our deaths were for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say; it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young, they say. We have died. Remember us. . . . Map (db m171293) WM
43District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — World War I Remembered
When "the Great War" ended in 1918, the United States did not have a tradition of national war memorials. Most memorials honored veterans from the local community, such as the District of Columbia War Memorial on the National Mall. An exception . . . Map (db m171292) HM
44District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — World War I, 1914-1917
In the summer of 1914, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, ignited a continental war between the Central Powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire and the Allies of France, Great . . . Map (db m171277) HM
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Jun. 28, 2022