By Jess Lynk
The Washington Monument demands the attention of anyone who comes to D.C. Soon after, most peoples’ eyes head to the Lincoln Memorial. Most will find the World War II memorial and even maybe see the Jefferson Memorial from afar.
But there is one memorial across the street that can easily be forgotten on a walking tour but is by far one of the most powerful monuments I have ever seen.
It doesn’t dominate the skyline, demand your attention or really look like a memorial until you walk through it.
But once you walk through the two mountains, the “stone” hits you. The monument is quite literally an exact representation of “Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” You can’t help but feel the impact of such a powerful man, Martin Luther King Jr.
Going to this monument and many other in D.C. throughout our time, I have realized how much work people have put in to get us to where we are today. Staring at Martin Luther King Jr., I couldn’t help but be grateful that he was a leader in making our country what it is today.
There are other impactful memorials that are thrown to the backburner, like the DC World War I Memorial or the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. But the MLK Jr. memorial is so profoundly impactful, that it is hard not to feel the weight of the design. It is not overly ornate or huge, but it has as much significance as standing near Lincoln.
As tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. day, take some time to reflect on what leaders in our country have given us. We still have a lot of work to do, but we have come so far. There is always a stone of hope.