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Washington Square Arch

Washington Square Arch
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of Washington as president, they created Washington Arch here. And it’s based on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which in turn was based on another ancient Roman arch in Italy. So it's a bit of a copy of a copy. It actually started out as a temporary wooden structure here. It proved so popular that after three years, they created this permanent one. If you're a fan of Washington, then you got two for the price of one here, because the north side of the Washington Arch has two statues of Washington. We’ve got this one on the left side, which is Washington at War. There he is Commander in Chief, looking alert, surveying his troops. And then on the right side of the arch, we've got Washington at Peace. There he's the President of the United States, with the figures of Justice and Wisdom behind him. If you look up just above Washington’s head, you can see a book there with the Latin phrase, Exitus acta probat carved on it. Roughly translated, that means, "The end justifies the deed," and is thought to refer to Washington’s opinion about the Revolutionary War because he was by no means a person to seek out the war and definitely didn't want to see any lives lost. And it’s thought in this case, the terrible deed of war was justified to achieve the ends of liberty and freedom.
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