The lights, the people, and the noise. All of these components make up the phenomenon called Times Square. From those who have seen this sight, you always hear incredible things. The nickname “The City That Never Sleeps” comes to life here in the heart of New York City. Now, some of you may be wondering how this site came to be? Well, here is all you need to know
Times Square is located at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and the square goes from West 42 to West 47th. It is sometimes called “The Crossroads of the World” or “The Great White Way”, because of the Broadway theater district brings in people from around the world.
This landmark is incredibly important to the country, and known internationally. It represents our modern society, and how we have grown from the time when we were crossing the Pacific to reach America. Perhaps it isn’t Times Square itself that is famous, but the meaning behind it, and how incredible a place New York is.
When you visit Times Square for the first time, chances are you’ll be overwhelmed at the sheer overcrowdedness and hustle of the town you find in the square, especially if you are from a smaller town or city. Within the square, vendors, shops, and restaurants are all knit closely together like an intricate sweater. I am very excited to visit Times Square!
Times Square was definately all i was expecting! The 6,151,874.5 foot plaza was pretty much everything you could imagine. It really lived up to its nickname "The Crossroads of the World" because its very diverse. You will see people of every kind tgere. Although we didnt get much time to shop, I really enjoyed my time in Times Square!
Four Monforton students, Kaleb, Tyler, Brittany, and Alec, prepare for the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington.
Arlington National Cemetery is one the most hollowed burial ground and one of the Nations’ most visited tourist sites in the Washington, D.C., area. Ever since May of 1864, Arlington has been a full operational national cemetery. Everyday, there are 27 funerals—final goodbyes to the fallen heroes from the fronts of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the heroes from WWII, the Korean conflict, Vietnam and the cold war along with their family members. The Arlington National Cemetery grounds honor those who have fought and their family members by creating a scene of beauty and peace. There are rolling green hills dotted with trees (some of them are older than the cemetery!), monuments and gardens throughout the 624 acres of the cemetery. This landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual who fought and their families who are laid to rest in the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.
Also to add to the beautiful memorials and metal monuments, individuals and organizations can donate trees and plants in memory of a loved one or group. On March 11, 2011, Arlington National Cemetery had 142-memorial trees- those that have a plaque or marker. But, there are hundreds of trees that have been planted at Arlington in the memory of loved ones.
Being at Arlington was such an honor. It was also saddening because I (along with others) were surrounded by thousands of people who became soldiers and died for us. Everyone was quiet and respectful when it came to the wreath laying. It's an honor to go to Arlington and paying your respect for the ones who died. Our motor coach driver, Kert, was our tour guide for Arlington and he told us a lot of facts that we didn' know.
Being at the memorial was an amazing experience. When you walked in the statue was big and if you looked to your left and right you saw a lot of words written on the wall and one of those happened to be the Gettysberg adress. If you looked above those words you wold see paintings of the ending of slavery which was really cool to see. There were so many people there that it was hard to take pictures, and see most things but other then that the memorial was really cool and is a big part of our history. Im glad that they decided to put this memorial here because it did give the people hope, inspiration and the idea of freedom when all was lost.
During the civil war many people had lost hope, and inspiration. Maybe they even thought that they lost their freedom. For this exact reason, the Lincoln memorial was created out of marble to represent these things. Lincoln was one of our country’s greatest presidents. For those reasons, Henry Beacon designed a 19-foot statue of Lincoln. The whole building is about 100 feet tall. The infamous sculptor was Daniel Chester. The memorial was completed in 1922. Standing in front of the memorial are 36 columns representing each of the states at the time. Above Lincoln’s 175 ton statue is a written phrase. “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people, for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln in enshrined forever.” I think this was put there to show and remind people that inspiration, hope, and freedom can be found anywhere including where Lincoln’s statue is placed. In the north and south chambers of the memorial, Jules Guerin, created paintings showing the ending of slavery. The civil war was a hard time for everyone, but we should still have hope. In which we eventually gained back.
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Ford's Theater and Peterson House
Ford’s Theater is most commonly known for it being the place where President Lincoln was assassinated. In 1861 theater manager John T. Ford leased an abandoned Church to create a theater. This theater became known as Ford’s Theater. After a while Ford's Theater became a popular stage for musical productions and the theater.On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln went to Ford’s theater for the last time. Lincoln went to Ford’s Theater to see “Our American Cousin”. At the performance John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln. After the president was shoot he was brought to the Peterson House that was just across the street from the Theater. After Lincolns death the theater didn’t open again till 100 years later.
Today Ford’s Theater is still in the same place on 10th street. The theater still hosts musical productions and is a reminder of our history. It is also used today for a museum; it holds the world of Civil War Washington and the days of President Lincoln. As a working theater it holds lots of renowned plays and has works that have to do with president Lincoln’s legacy. Today it’s purpose is to teach about President Lincoln through workshops, exhibits and speakers. At the Theater today you can explore Lincoln’s history and legacy and maybe try to understand what happened there that night better.
The Peterson House is located across the street from Ford’s Theater. William and Ana Peterson owned the house it was used for boarding at the time. After President Lincoln was shoot he was brought over to the back bedroom of the house. The Petersen’s aided the president as much as they could. After that night over 90 people came to their house to pay their last respects to the dying president. Soldiers were posted all around the house to keep the president safe in his final moments. The Doctors did all they could to keep the president alive but at 7:22 am the next day the president was dead. Today the Peterson House looks just like it did that day that the president died. It is used for remembering that night and preserving Lincoln’s years of presidency.
By: Sydney Cutler
Reflection: We saw Ford's Theater and Peterson House and it was really cool to see. We didn't get to go inside and see the museum or where Lincoln was assassinated, but it was interesting to think that President Lincoln was assassinated in that theater. Across the street from Ford's Theater we saw the Peterson House were Lincoln really died. We didn't get to go inside that either because we were sort on time. It was cool to see how old those buildings looked and how well they were re-built. It was amazing to see how old the town looked with all the old buildings and schools.