Sean really held our attention during our two-hour tour. We went around most of the memorials covering the major wars that the USA has been in. Sean was able to keep the pace very comfortable and kept the kids smiling, which isn't always easy, but that plus the beautiful weather really made it all work.
We started at the 2nd Infantry Division Memorial (a WWI memorial, in front of the White House) and began by hearing about some interesting aspects of war in general and America's role in the world and how it had been developing after the Revolutionary War up until WWI. From there we went through WWI to the WWII Memorial and heard about how the two were related and found out quite a bit. There were several anecdotes that I had never heard before about phrases originating from this time period, etc., and how war itself was evolving as time went on.
Then we made our way around the National Mall and past a DC WWI Memorial, where we heard about the importance and differences of that, before making it to the Korean War Memorial. This was one of my personal favorites, and I think most of the group learned alot here, as you don't often hear about the Korean War. Then a quick stop at the Lincoln Memorial and on our way to finish up at the Vietnam Memorial, where our guide gave a very poignant comparison of all the wars and great statistics on Vietnam itself.
This tour was information packed! I really appreciated how it was themed and not just a pick and choose of monuments, it surely helped to pique my interest in American history, despite the fact I was already using vacation time to go to DC.