Due to the annual Christmas Tree lighting stops #2 (The White House), stop #14 (National Museum of American History) and stop #15 (Smithsonian Museum of Natural History) will be closed all day.
Stop #17 the Portrait Gallery stop will be closed for the upcoming future due to major construction. Guest can walk three blocks west to 10th and E St NW which is stop #1, the Welcome Center to board the trolley. We apologize for any inconvenience and will notify when that stop opens.
Arlington Cemetery Tours will not operate on December 14, 2019 and January 11, 2020. Volunteers from Wreaths Across America will be placing wreaths on the grave sites here on December 14th and removing them on January 11th. The box office at the cemetery will be open on both those days for future tickets sales but no tour will be available.
To remember those who fought in the Korean War, The United States Congress approved a Korean War Memorial to be constructed in the National Mall. The memorial has several interesting aspects to it including the “Field Of Service” which has 19, larger-than-life-size stainless steel statues of servicemen from all four of the armed forces. The men appear to be a squad on patrol and are dressed in full combat gear.
A granite wall right next to the field features sandblasted images of soldiers in the war on one side and the names of the countries that provided medical support, troops or other aid to South Korea on the other side. The pool of remembrance is especially moving with inscriptions that list the total number of those who were lost, killed, missing in action and held as prisoners of war. The simple message “Freedom is Not Free” is inscribed on a plaque and conveys the message of the true cost of war.