Government Shutdown and Important Information
All effective January 2, 2019 all Smithsonian’s including the National Zoo are now closed until further notice. The National Gallery of Art and the Sculpture Garden are open today only (Jan. 2nd) until 5:00pm and will be closed beginning January 3rd.
The following are open for business: the Capitol Visitors Center, Botanic Garden, National Women’s Museum, Madame Tussauds*, the Newseum*, Museum of the Bible*and the National Law Enforcement Museum*. All outdoor Memorials are open but do not have restroom facilities.
The privately owned Museums noted with an * do require an entrance fee.
On Saturday January 19, 2019 OTT DC will be closed for day tours due to the 2019 Annual Women’s March on Washington. Night tour runs normally.
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US Coast Guard Memorial

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The U.S. Coast Guard Memorial which appears as a triangular slab of marble emblazoned with the Coast Guard Crest accompanied by a bronze eagle in Arlington National Cemetery

Dedicated in May of 1923, the marker memorializes the 150 sailors who lost their lives on the cutter ships Tampa and Seneca which sank within a week of each other during World War I. Today the memorial is for all Coast Guard service members. Adorned with a seagull which represents the tireless vigil of the guard and the words Semper Paratus meaning “Always Ready”, the motto of the Coast Guard, the memorial is a must see for all.

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