Blossoms and Wreaths at the Stone of Hope
Last Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. I was at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial the day after and took the above photo. On the day of the anniversary, the National Council of Churches held an all day rally to combat systemic racism. They gathered in the morning at the Memorial and marched to the National Mall. I assume they left the wreaths at the Stone of Hope (in the photo above).
The anniversary coincidentally coincided with the peak bloom of the cherry blossoms. Normally huge crowds of tourists would be gathered at the memorial and around the Tidal Basin to admire the cherry blossoms. However, instead of encountering crowds on the morning after the anniversary, I found a quiet and solemn sunrise. It seemed appropriate.
I took some photos of the sunrise as well, but I wanted to publish my photos of the Memorial first. This next photo is of the Memorial two days later.
Keywords: cherry blossoms, d.c., district of columbia, martin luther king jr. memorial, spring, washington
Hi John, I haven’t been able to see the memorial in person yet so thanks for the virtual trip! We just got back from Japan and you would love the cherry blossoms blooming there. They even have a word for partying underneath the cherry blossoms: hanami.
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