Thursday, January 26, 2017

Taking on the Outside Monuments last November.

On the last full day in DC, and with Wes still conferencing, I knew I needed to see the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the World War lI Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial.
And I needed to wear my seasoned walking shoes and just do it, tired feet or not!
White House in background, a perky tourist in the foreground. (Stick around to the last picture when she's not so perky and the weather did a complete turnaround.)  The first stop was the World War ll

Both of our fathers had served in this war; many veterans were visiting.  Thank you for your service.

Next stop:  The Lincoln Memorial. Climbing the stairs = 5 floors.  Just thought you'd like to know.

View of the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial: no crowd estimations attempted here.

From here I walked to the Korean War Memorial.

My father had served in Korea.  I would've liked hearing him talk about it, but like so many others, he had few words on this experience.  I know he ended up with malaria due to his time there.

Next destination: the haunting Vietnam Memorial.

With thanks to the nurses who served in the war, too.

As Americans, let us never forget those who served in these wars.  Let us never lose our
desire for peace.

If you're ever in Washington DC, please try to visit these outdoor remembrances.

Fall is a great time to visit; just remember to dress in layered clothing and prepare for changes
in the weather!  By the end of this day, the temps had plummeted, the winds were gale-force and torrential rains were coming!

Maybe a prediction of things to come in January??

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