Memorial Memories   |   January 04, 2016

 After a breakfast, complete with special hot chocolate from the Aunties, we started out on a long walk around Washington to see a few of the memorials. The first one we came to was the Iwo Jima memorial. It was over cast and mild perfect weather for walking around to see a few sites.

 

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 I had been talking with Carlie and Donny about this memorial since we could see it from our hotel. I had explained how the memorial was a reminder of the Marines who fought for our freedom during WWII and how Uncle Jay was a Marine. When we reached the memorial she reminded me, “Big, big, big, Uncle Jay with the flag.” Oh well, we’ll have to expand on that lesson later.
 
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A nice man volunteered to take our picture together. Its tough to get pictures of us all together so I’m adding it in here.
 

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 This is a very little known memorial we found near the Iwo Jima memorial which was a gift from the Netherlands in appreciation of the American aid in WWII. It was basically a bell tower with 50 bells at the top. It must be beautiful to hear.
 
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 Two lions were guarding the bell tower entrance.
 
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 Uncle Jeff and Aunt Cheryl were just here a few weeks ago delivering all the wreaths from Maine.
 
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 The vast expanse of  Arlington National Cemetery is indescribable and the sense of loss, sacrifice, responsibility and gratitude is over whelming.
 
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 “When your children shall ask there fathers in time to come saying, What mean these stones? Then ye shall let your children know…”

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 The entrance to Arlington
 
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 Walking to the Lincoln memorial and Washington monument.
 
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 Seabees monument along the way.
 
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 He walked all those steps, with a little help.
 
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The Gettysburg Address is one the wall to the left of Lincoln. 
 
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 Amazing stained glass in the ceiling.
 
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 This painting is above the Gettysburg Address representative of Lincolns great of work of ending slavery in the country.
 
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 On the wall to the right of Lincoln is his last address to the Union.
 Beautiful words and a sharp contrast to the political speeches we hear today.
 
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“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers set.”