Another Forgotten Memorial

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

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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