Descriptive Essay: The Washington Monument

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“Hey Toan, look at that!”, said Evelyn as she suddenly pulled the pair of headphones out of my ears. I was so confused at the time, questioning myself what just happened. As I regained my composure, I understood why my friend Evelyn cruelly kicked me out of the relaxing music world that I was in: the so-called pencil of D.C, the Washington Monument, appeared in the tinted window view of the bus. I have been to D.C many times, but, every time I pass this monument, I never look at it for more than a few seconds. However, that day was different. I deliberately came to D.C to visit that one monument, scrutinizing every detail and component of the structure that was originally designed by Robert Mills (United States).
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What the even heck? 80 degrees in early March, and it was not even spring yet! The heat was intense, so intense to the point of being extremely uncomfortable. The sun was so helpful that morning, for it eradicated the cold air that still remained when my class got here. Sweat started to slide down my forehead and face, forming a thin layer that was shiny and moisturizing. I hurried and hid behind one of the monument’s side facing the Lincoln Memorial. It was the best feeling ever! All the sunlight was blocked, and a cool feeling from the marble immediately toned down the extreme heat from the sun. Once in a while, the subtle, but toxic smell of paint due to the construction site nearby rushed into my nostrils. While I was resting in the giant shadow cast by the enormity of the monument, I closed my eyes and reflected in the middle of a bustling city, the birthplace of the renowned Washington …show more content…
Why would the government choose to do so? Perhaps it wanted to preserve the meaning of this monument. As its name indicates, this monument was dedicated to the first president of the United States and the Commander-in-Chief during the American Revolutionary War–George Washington. Needless to say, George Washington is America’s iconic image of a leader: more than six feet tall, remarkable stamina, cool and cautious character, etc. (Norton). Without George Washington, the executive branch would lose its head since Washington was the one who set precedents in that department. Indeed, George Washington’s importance to America cannot be diminished, so it is not a surprise when President Ulysses S. Grant frantically “authorized the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to finish the project” (“The Washington). Well, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers did an awesome