For the first time, the National Book Festival was held inside the air-conditioned confines of the Washington Convention Center. In recent years, the Festival was held on the National Mall, at the height of summer, in various hot and humid pavilions. The National Park Service thought that these and other events were causing too much damage to the Mall, and have asked event organizers to pick another venue.
This year the National Book Festival featured an excellent set of displays by the Library of Congress, the Festival organizer, plus lots and lots of books, book signings, readers, interviews, etc.
These photos of the Washington National Mall were taken on June 16, 2014, on a very hot day. Photos include the Jefferson Memorial, White House, Vietnam Women’s Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, and the United States Holocaust Memorial.
My grandfather died during the Japanese invasion of Wake Island during World War II, my father served during the Korean War, and two uncles served during the Vietnam War. To me, these are more than tourist spots.