Today, Joan of Arc turned 600 years old. Or she would have, if she hadn’t been burned at the stake at the tender age of 19.
What do you get the warrior maiden who has everything? In the District, you get that girl a sword.
That’s what the Jeanne d’Arc statue in Meridian Hill Park received at the end of last year in anticipation of her sixth centennial.
Her sword went missing several years ago, but the Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association successfully lobbied the National Park Service for a replacement, arriving in time for the big birthday.
The statue might seem an odd choice for Washington, D.C., but it represents yet another tie between France and America in the nation’s capital.