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Washington's Lesser Known Memorials

It's a mystery to some why there memorials on federal land honoring victims of communism, a Czech patriot, and women who died on the Titanic. But a statue or a monument built in Washington is typically the result of a passionate interest group lobbying for a sponsor in Congress and raising money. Some feel the nation's capital would benefit from a more coherent approach, while others see a reflection of our nation patchwork identity. We explore the lesser-known memorials in Washington.

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