Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center

Washington, DC

The hunched figure of the Lone Sailor, warding off the wind with his flipped-up pea coat, is an oft-overlooked memorial in the city. The sailor waits quietly by his duffel in a circular plaza bordered by masts sporting semaphore flags; the space evokes the vastness and the ubiquity of the sea. The Naval Heritage Center, on the same grounds, displays artifacts and a couple of ship models.