Yesterday I decided to go explore Annapolis (Maryland) and the US Naval Academy at the Chesapeake Bay. On the way to the US Naval Academy I passed the Maryland World War II Memorial site; it is an open amphitheatre with granite pillars that represent the states at the time of the war. Granite stones highlight key events during the war and the names of all the people from Maryland who lost their lives are inscribed on a wall. There is also a lookout point where you can see the bay and US Naval Academy in the background.
The US Naval Academy train students (called midshipmen) either for the Navy or Marine Corps. It houses stunning old buildings on campus such as Bancroft Hall (where the students live and eat) with the impressive Rotunda and Memorial Hall (open to the public); a dedication to people who gave their lives in service. The Bancroft Hall is the largest dormitory/residence in the world. I got to see some first year plebs march around which was impressive. The Naval Academy Chapel is a majestic building, at the centre of the campus, with beautiful stained glass windows everywhere. The interior is spectacular with a huge dome visible from far. The Chapel offers Protestant and Catholic services.
The US Navy Academy museum is in Pebble Hall and shows the history of the Navy and naval advances through the ages. It also hosts the flag “Don’t give up the ship” of Oliver Hazard Perry in the Battle of Lake Erie. After a stop at the Museum shop I headed back to Washington DC for a quiet evening.