Saturday was the 94th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, as I was reminded by a friend while out frolicking. Which also reminded me I’ve yet to visit DC’s Titanic Memorial, which along with DC’s WWI Memorial, is on my list of unusual commemorative places in Washington that I’ve never seen.
Sculpted by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, it’s dedicated to the men who gave their lives that night so that women and children could get precious lifeboat space. It’s more than a bit Christ-like in its interpretation of their sacrifice. Apparently there was a group of Washingtonian women who placed a wreath there every year, but it seems that practice may have fallen off.
Has anyone actually seen it? It’s rare that I get to 4th and P SW. Maybe next time I take a trip to the Fish Market, I’ll bring those gallant men a bouquet…
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs