The Lincoln Memorial was built to honor President Lincoln and symbolize his belief in the freedom and dignity of all people. I use to live in Virginia Beach and went to the capital a few times. The first time I saw the Lincoln Memorial was on a school field trip. I remember being amazed at how big the structure was and that we got to walk up to the stature of Lincoln. I really like history so being able to see something we were learning about in school was amazing and made it feel real.