The Lincoln Memorial was opened on Memorial Day in 1922, 57 years after Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated. The immense Greek Temple stands in front of a gleaming reflecting pool and is a stunning spectacle during the day and especially at night.
This is also the trolley stop where you transfer to the shuttle that takes you to Arlington National Cemetery. The first Arlington shuttle departs the Lincoln Memorial at 9:30 am. The last shuttle from the Lincoln Memorial to Arlington National Cemetery is at 3:30 pm. The last shuttle from Arlington National Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial is at 3:45 pm.
The sculpture of Lincoln sitting inside is 19-feet tall and inscriptions related to his Presidency along with his Gettysburg Address adorn the walls that surround him.
An exquisite mural of an angel of truth freeing a slave, along with other depictions inside the memorial, are reminders of the significant changes with which Lincoln is credited.
A place of inspiration and a symbol of the distinction of this extraordinary President, the Lincoln Memorial is one of the most visited sites in the area.
It is also used as a gathering place for political rallies including the March of Washington in 1963, when Martin Luther King delivered his famous, “I have a dream” speech.