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The nation?s capital is never wanting when it comes to majestic landmarks from buildings to bridges. Crossing the historic Potomac River and connecting the Lincoln Memorial and Columbia Island is the Arlington Memorial Bridge. Opened on January 6, 1932, this 2,163-foot long Neoclassical arched bridge is a true sight to behold from any angle.

The construction of the bridge was authorized by Congress in 1925 and it employed the services of the architectural firm McKim, Mead and White. Sculptures adorn the entrance and length of this landmark. At the northeastern entrance, a set of sculptures from The Art of War series will greet the onlookers. These sculptures, Sacrifice and Valor, were completed in 1951. Another attraction is the sculpted pylons of the bridge pier, featuring circular discs with carved eagles and fasces. In 1980, the Arlington Memorial Bridge was listed under the National Register of Historic Places.
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