They say you have to see the monuments twice: once during the day, and once at night. Night is so much better!
After dinner with my coworkers, I got my stuff and embarked for a few hours on a walk around the monuments. I wasn’t the only one, as you can see. This young man was taken photos of the Washington Monument just like I was. The ones he ended up in became more interesting.
The World War II memorial was also quite stunning. Each state had its own memorial, with a single red rose. I found California’s.