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Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

The Lincoln Memorial not only celebrates the life of the 16th president through a striking structure and interactive museum, but also carries his message of peace following the devastation of the Civil War. The words of his second inaugural address, carved into marble on the walls of the monument, would be a worthwhile plea to any of today’s war zones: “With malice toward none; with charity for all … let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

The Lincoln Memorial was also the spot from which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, saying (among other immortal lines) “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”

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