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Iwo Jima Memorial
Although popularly known as "Iwo Jima" since the statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II--the raising of the American flag over Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima Island, Japan--the monument is officially named the Marine Corps War Memorial. The memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775. Visit from The Virginian Suites with a short one-block stroll.

Arlington National Cemetery & JFK Memorial
Arlington Mansion and 200 acres of ground immediately surrounding it were designated officially as a military cemetery June 15, 1864, by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. More than 260,000 people are buried at Arlington Cemetery. Veterans from all the nation's wars are buried in the cemetery, from the American Revolution through the Persian Gulf War and Somalia. Many pre-Civil War dead were reinterred here after 1900.

The JFK Memorial eternal flame, located in Arlington National Cemetery, was lit by Mrs. Kennedy. The Eternal Flame burns from the center of a 5-foot circular flat-granite stone at the head of the grave. The entire site, with a total of 3.2 acres, was set aside by the secretary of the Army, with the approval of the secretary of defense, to honor the memory of the president.

Fort Myer
With its main entrance adjacent to the Marine Corps War Memorial, Fort Myer's historical significance far exceeds its popular renown. Fort Myer has been a military post since the civil war and the home of Army chiefs of staff for a century, and today is home for service members working throughout the Military District of Washington and the National Capital Region. The acres encompassing Fort Myer and Arlington National Cemetery were called Arlington Heights when they were owned in the 1800s by the grandson of George Washington's wife, Martha. It is a little known fact that the Wright Brothers tested the first military aircraft on the grounds of Fort Myer.

Georgetown was officially formed in 1751 when the Maryland Assembly authorized the foundation of a town bordering the Potomac River. It was named George Town in honor of King George II. Because of its access to the Potomac, Georgetown soon had a commercial and industrial hub around the waterfront where flour mills and wharves were constructed. As a result of its prosperity, Georgetown gained a reputation as the fashionable quarter of the capital and was visited by important people from all over the world. Georgetown was annexed to Washington City in 1871 by Congress, and after a period of decline after the Civil War, regained its international renown as a famous shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. A half-mile away from The Virginian Suites via Historic Francis Scott Key Bridge.

The Pentagon
Directly across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia in Arlington County, Virginia, is the building that has become a synonym for the Department of Defense--the Pentagon. This enormous and busy structure had its origins during World War II. The outbreak of war in Europe in 1939 placed tremendous demands on the War Department and greatly increased its needs for office space. By 1941 department personnel worked in at least seventeen different buildings within Washington D.C. In October 1941 the President approved plans and construction proceeded at a very rapid pace. Immediately after the Pearl Harbor attack, a fourth floor was added to the plan, and later a fifth. The Pentagon was built in record time and is considered to be the largest office building in the world. Two stops from The Virginian Suites on Metro's Blue Line.

The National Mall
The National Mall's origins are as old as the capital city itself. George Washington commissioned Pierre L'Enfant to create open space and parklands for the citizenry to gather and enjoy. The Mall has over the years since become a center for national expressions of remembrance, observance and protest. Two thousand American elms line the Mall and 3,000 Japanese cherry trees grace the Tidal Basin. Gardens that are botanical showplaces display thousands of tulips, pansies and annuals in over 170 flower beds, and 35 ornamental pools and fountains range from the simple to the sublime.

Stretching from the Lincoln Memorial grounds to the U.S. Capitol between Independence and Constitution Avenues, the Mall encompasses all the major memorials and the Washington Monument, as well as the grounds of the White House. The Mall also is the home of the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, The Nation Air & Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, The Smithsonian, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and many others. Six stops from The Virginian Suites on Metro's Orange or Blue Line.

The Ballston Area
Ballston is a nearby attraction with lots of trendy restaurants and entertainment. The Ballston Common Mall is loaded with over 100 specialty stores, a multiplex movie theatre with state of the art Stadium seating. Located on top of the mall is a mega sized ice skating rink for your enjoyment!

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