Gail and I drove to Washington DC yesterday and had time to visit some of the monuments. We saw the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the National World War 2 Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I remember seeing the older monuments many years ago, when I first saw them as a child. But now as a grown adult, they are so much more meaningful. I understand and appreciate in my heart and soul the sacrifices which we honor. My eyes teared up repeatedly going through these feelings-provoking memorials.
I was especially touched by the World War 2 Memorial. It was very well done, with literal and symbolic pieces that covered the many aspects of the war. I thought about the many Honor Flights that are taking the remaining WW2 survivors to visit this memorial. I can now understand why they all report how deeply moved they are by the experience.
All I can say is that I am very grateful for the blood, sweat, tears, and the very lives of so many people who sacrificed for the freedoms I enjoy.