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  • President Bush Participates in a Wreath Laying Ceremony
    Unknown
    military
    memorials
    Virginia
    Veterans Day
    Arlington National Cemetery
    commemorations
    In this photograph, President George H. W. Bush participates in a ceremonial wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day 1991. Since 1921, presidents have paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, often in observance of military commemorations including Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
  • President Reagan Participates in a Wreath Laying Ceremony
    Pete Souza
    military
    memorials
    commemorations
    Virginia
    Veterans Day
    Arlington National Cemetery
    In this photograph, President Ronald Reagan participates in a ceremonial wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day 1985. Since 1921, presidents have paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, often in observance of military commemorations including Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
  • President Coolidge Participates in a Wreath Laying Ceremony
    Department of Defence
    military
    memorials
    commemorations
    Virginia
    Veterans Day
    Arlington National Cemetery
    In this photograph, taken in 1927, President Calvin Coolidge observes Armistice Day, which preceded the formal holiday of Veterans Day, by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Since 1921, presidents have paid their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, often in observance of military commemorations including Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
  • President Bush Dedicates National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
    Eric Draper
    memorials
    commemorations
    Virginia
    September 11
    Cabinet
    travel
    Presidential Visit
    In this photograph, President George W. Bush delivers a speech during the dedication ceremony for the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia on the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld can be seen seated behind the president. Designed by Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman, the memorial honors the 184 victims who perished when the hijacked aircraft American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the west side of the Pentagon. The outdoor memorial identifies victims by name and age, and includes illuminated water features to represent each victim. In 2002, President Bush designated September 11th as Patriot Day, a time that has been recognized through presidential proclamations as a national day of remembrance, prayer, and service. Presidents and first ladies typically commemorate the day through moment of silence observations on the White House South Lawn, and by attending remembrance ceremonies at sites affected by the terrorist attacks.
  • Firefighters Unfurl Flag at Pentagon following 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
    Paul Morse
    flags
    Virginia
    September 11
    In this photograph, taken by Paul Morse on September 12, 2002, a group of firefighters unfurl a large American flag over the damaged Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The flag was displayed to encourage and inspire rescue workers as they searched the debris for survivors. On September 11, 2001, the hijacked aircraft American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the west side of the Pentagon, resulting in 184 casualties. On September 11, 2008, President George W. Bush attended the dedication ceremony of the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, built to honor the victims of the attack.
  • President and Mrs. Trump Participate in September 11 Observance Ceremony
    Andrea Hanks
    travel
    military
    memorials
    commemorations
    Virginia
    Presidential Visit
    September 11
    In this photograph, taken by Andrea Hanks on September 11, 2019, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump observe a moment of silence during the September 11th Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. In 2002, President George W. Bush designated September 11th as Patriot Day, a time that has been recognized through presidential proclamations as a national day of remembrance, prayer, and service. Presidents and first ladies typically commemorate the day through moment of silence observations on the White House South Lawn, and by attending remembrance ceremonies at sites affected by the terrorist attacks.
  • President and Mrs. Trump Participate in September 11 Observance Ceremony
    Andrea Hanks
    military
    memorials
    commemorations
    Virginia
    Cabinet
    September 11
    Presidential Visit
    travel
    In this photograph, taken by Andrea Hanks on September 11, 2019, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a wreath-laying ceremony with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, his wife Leah Esper, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and his wife Ellyn Dunford during the September 11th Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. In 2002, President George W. Bush designated September 11th as Patriot Day, a time that has been recognized through presidential proclamations as a national day of remembrance, prayer, and service. Presidents and first ladies typically commemorate the day through moment of silence observations on the White House South Lawn, and by attending remembrance ceremonies at sites affected by the terrorist attacks.
  • President Obama Participates in September 11 Observance Ceremony
    Pete Souza
    memorials
    flags
    commemorations
    Virginia
    Cabinet
    September 11
    Presidential Visit
    travel
    In this photograph, taken by Pete Souza on September 11, 2014, President Barack Obama listens to the national anthem with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs, during the September 11th Observance Ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. In 2002, President George W. Bush designated September 11th as Patriot Day, a time that has been recognized through presidential proclamations as a national day of remembrance, prayer, and service. Presidents and first ladies typically commemorate the day through moment of silence observations on the White House South Lawn, and by attending remembrance ceremonies at sites affected by the terrorist attacks.
  • President Obama Attends September 11 Observance Ceremony
    Pete Souza
    commemorations
    Virginia
    September 11
    travel
    Presidential Visit
    In this photograph, President Barack Obama greets guests at the Pentagon during a ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. In 2002, President George W. Bush designated September 11th as Patriot Day, a time that has been recognized through presidential proclamations as a national day of remembrance, prayer, and service. Presidents and first ladies typically commemorate the day through moment of silence observations on the White House South Lawn, and by attending remembrance ceremonies at sites affected by the terrorist attacks.
  • Mrs. Obama Attends September 11 Wreath-Laying Ceremony
    Pete Souza
    travel
    commemorations
    Virginia
    September 11
    First Lady Visit
    military
    In this photograph, First Lady Michelle Obama attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, in commemoration of the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. Mrs. Obama stands with other event attendees outside in the rain; a military aide holds an umbrella aloft. In 2002, President George W. Bush designated September 11th as Patriot Day, a time that has been recognized through presidential proclamations as a national day of remembrance, prayer, and service. Presidents and first ladies typically commemorate the day through moment of silence observations on the White House South Lawn, and by attending remembrance ceremonies at sites affected by the terrorist attacks.
  • Vice President Tyler Receives News of President Harrison's Death
    Unknown
    presidential sites & libraries
    Virginia
    prints
    engraving
    This engraving depicts Vice President John Tyler at Sherwood Forest, his plantation estate in Virginia, receiving news from a messenger regarding the death of President William Henry Harrison. On April 4, 1841, Harrison became the first president to die while in office following a battle with pneumonia. As the first vice president to unexpectedly rise to the office of the presidency, Tyler established a precedent of not merely title but also presidential power falling to the new successor. This image appears in a book titled "The Lives of the Presidents" by William O. Stoddard, published in 1886.
  • The Kennedys and President Khan and His Daughter at Mount Vernon
    Robert L. Knudsen
    residence
    presidential sites & libraries
    State Visit
    State Dinner
    Head of State
    Virginia
    This photograph of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on July 11, 1961. President and Mrs. Kennedy are photographed in front of Mount Vernon alongside President Mohammad Ayub Khan of Pakistan and his daughter, Begum Nasir Akhtar Aurangzeb. Mount Vernon provided the location and backdrop for a State Dinner held in President Khan’s honor and was the first of its kind held outside the White House. Mrs. Kennedy wore a dress designed for her by Oleg Cassini, which she requested be columnar in shape to echo Mount Vernon’s historic facade. Mount Vernon was the estate of President George Washington.
  • Cannonading on the Potomac, October, 1861
    Alfred Wordsworth Thompson
    landscapes
    Virginia
    Maryland
    Civil War
    painting
    This landscape is by Alfred Wordsworth Thompson, an artist who captured American Civil War battle scenes for publications such as Harper's Weekly and the Illustrated London News. Thompson composed both engraved illustrations and paintings. This particular painting depicts the October 20, 1861 cannon fire across the Potomac River near Ball's Bluff and Leesburg in Virginia and Harrison Island and Edwards Ferry in Maryland that was a precursor to the Battle of Ball's Bluff on October 21st.
  • Mrs. Kennedy Arrives for Weekend Vacation at Wexford
    Cecil Stoughton
    residence
    Virginia
    Residence staff
    staff
    This photograph, taken by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton on October 26, 1963, shows First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arriving with her children Caroline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr. for a weekend getaway to their family estate in Akota, Virginia. They are accompanied by Maud Shaw, the children's governess. The Kennedys built the house on the 166-acre estate after losing their lease on Glen Ora, their former weekend vacation home near Middleburg, Virginia. Mrs. Kennedy named the house Wexford after the Irish county from which her husband's family could trace their ancestry.
  • Herbert and Lou Hoover Relax at Rapidan Camp
    Unknown
    leisure
    Virginia
    National Park
    In this photograph, President Herbert Hoover and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover relax on the porch of their cabin at Rapidan Camp. In the summer of 1929, President Hoover purchased and developed a 164-acre campsite in Madison County, Virginia, so that it could serve as a presidential country retreat by trout season the following spring. The camp included 13 cabins designed by James Yardley Rippin, a friend of the Hoovers, who also had also designed cabins for the Girl Scouts. The cabin where the Hoovers resided was called the Brown House, in contrast to their more famous abode in Washington, D.C., and featured a simple yet spacious 60-foot-long central living space. President Hoover donated Rapidan Camp to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1932 as a country retreat for future presidents. However, Hoover's polio-stricken successor President Franklin D. Roosevelt had difficulty navigating the demanding terrain, and established his own country retreat, which later became the preferred presidential retreat Camp David. Rapidan Camp and its surrounding woodlands were integrated into Shendanoah National Park when it was formally established on December 26, 1935. Under the management of the National Park Service, the Brown House was refurnished to its 1929 appearance, and made accessible to the public through guided tours.
  • President Harding's Voyage of Understanding, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Side A
    Keystone View Company
    West Virginia
    Presidential Visits
    travel
    This stereograph by Keystone View Company shows President Warren G. Harding making a speech, probably in Martinsburg, West Virginia, early on in his "Voyage of Understanding." The Voyage of Understanding was the name given to Harding's tour of the western United States and Alaska. Harding was the first sitting president to visit Alaska. The caption reads: "President Harding Making One of His First Speeches on Great Alaskan Trip at Martinsburg, Maryland." though it is likely the president was in Martinsburg, West Virginia. There is text on the back of this card. See image number 1112029.
  • President Obama Participates in Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery
    Pete Souza
    Arlington National Cemetery
    military
    memorial
    Virginia
    This photograph by Pete Souza shows President Barack Obama at Arlington National Cemetery after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns following a ceremony for National Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2009.
  • The Peacemakers
    G. P. A. Healy
    Virginia
    Civil War
    transportation
    military
    meetings
    This painting by George Peter Alexander Healy depicts four significant Union figures toward the end of the Civil War. In the cabin of the steamer River Queen are seated (from left to right) Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, President Abraham Lincoln, and Rear Admiral David D. Porter. The meeting took place in March 1865 on the James River in City Point, Virginia, less than a week before the fall of Petersburg, Virginia. According to Porter, the discussion flowed mostly between Lincoln and Sherman, which is reflected in all four subjects' body language. Sherman had previously sat for a portrait by Healy and commissioned the artist to paint the meeting, providing him with first-hand accounts by himself and Porter and even a diagram of the cabin. Born in Boston, Healy was a popular portrait painter who had sketched and painted Lincoln multiple times during his presidency.
  • John Hartwell Cocke of Bremo
    Edward Troye
    portraits
    likeness
    military
    Virginia
    This portrait by Edward Troye is of John Hartwell Cocke II, who built Bremo Plantation in Bremo Bluff, Virginia. Today, Bremo Plantation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the painting, Cocke is horseback in military regalia with the American flag draped over a cannon by the horse's front legs and tents, possibly military barracks, in the distance. Troye was a Swiss-born painter who specialized in painting thoroughbred horses.
  • Washington's Tomb at Mount Vernon
    William Matthew Prior
    landscapes
    presidential sites & libraries
    Virginia
    painting
    residence
    A landscape painting by artist William Matthew Prior in the style of S.H. Brooke. This painting depicts the high hillside of Mount Vernon, President George Washington's estate in Virginia. To the left of center is the yellow and white brick tomb of President George Washington, behind the tomb is his estate, and to the right is the Potomac River. Prior was an American folk artist mostly known for portraits.
  • Survey of Virginia And Maryland
    Joshua Fry
    Peter Jefferson
    map
    Maryland
    Virginia
    Pennsylvania
    New Jersey
    Delaware
    drawings & plans
    This map of Virginia and Maryland was originally created by Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson, and published by French map maker Robert de Vaugondy. In addition to the colonies of Virginia and Maryland, the map shows parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. To the west beyond the Allegheny Mountains lies the French territory of Louisiana, which at the time encompassed much of the western and northern portions of the North American continent.