Tales of My City

Capitol Insurrection besmirched a part of our backyard

When we lived in the D.C. area, my kids considered the U.S. Capitol grounds their backyard. Both learned to walk by climbing Capitol Hill and both consider the almost 60 acres here their home away from home. Photo: Author’s archives
The stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue leading from the White House to the U.S. Capitol in calmer times. Newly inaugurated presidents walk down this boulevard; terrorists intent on wreaking havoc at the U.S. Capitol rushed down it last Wednesday. Photo c/o Ella Numera Dos
The Capitol Dome, which is constructed of 8,909,200 pounds of cast iron, turns pinkish when the sun starts to set over D.C. Until I looked this fact up, I always thought the dome was made of marble. Photo c/o Ella Numera Dos.
The 19.5-foot, 15,000-pound bronze statue of Freedom is lifted off the top of the U.S. Capitol in May 1993. She has always been known as the “Protector of Congress,” and was on duty last Wednesday when white supremacists stormed our symbol of American Independence. Photo c/o The Library of Congress
My kids have always been well-versed in politics and history. Here they pose with the Clintons near the White House. OK, not really the Clintons — cardboard cutouts, which are popular with the tourists. I believe my BIL is crouched behind Bill to lend a little bit of authenticity to this iconic pic. Photo: Author’s archives
A highlight of Ella Numera Dos’ wedding was the photos taken after the ceremony — especially at the U.S. Capitol. Notice Freedom presiding on her perch atop the dome. Photo c/o Sokolov Photography

A Native Texan and Mizzou Journalism grad, Nelson has worked in newspapers, politics, PR and as a high school publications adviser and AP English teacher.

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