Memorial Day in June

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.


8 thoughts on “Memorial Day in June”

  1. Ooh, I’ve always wanted to visit Washington DC (and NYC, Boston, and Philadelphia for the same reason). I’m sure all that history in such a small place would make me geek out.

    Is the second picture down from the WWII memorial site? That’s really neat!

    1. LOL. Yeah, you would really geek out! 😀

      The second picture was taken at the Korean War Veterans Memorial. It really is cool! You can see expression in their faces and purpose in their movements. There are bushes planted all around them making it appear like they are wading through a swamp.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Pam. I hope you do make it there some day. Pictures just can’t do the monuments and memorials justice.

  2. You went to all the best places Ferd. Good for you both. I doubt I’ll ever make it to D.C., but I’ve seen the traveling wall and it was sobering. Some gave their all for our freedoms.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug to you and Princess Gail. 🙂

    1. You and I are old enough to remember the horrors of Vietnam, and how we felt about it as a nation. I cried at the Vietnam wall. So many names. So many individual lives lost, and families affected. So much pain and sorrow.

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