Monday, June 13, 2011

Birthday 3

On our 'workcation' in Maryland, our son wanted us to go to Arlington Cemetery and Monuments in Washington DC. 
I had never been and was very excited...
The weather was overcast, warm, and lovely...
Arlington Cemetery, JFK's burial site
The cemetery was lovely, and so was the look out from John F. Kennedy's burial place.   We didn't see all the cemetery, or go to the grave of the unknown solider.  Everyone was so nice and reverent.
With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own   John F Kennedy

The (long) walk toward the Potomac River, was lined with huge statues of every war.

We happened to be there on Rolling Thunder 2011, a HUGE motorcycle rally on the Capitol in memory of all soldiers.
The web said over 40,000 and I believe it.
Beautiful, moving, and loud.
VERY loud.
We finally found our way across the street to the monuments.

Lincoln Memorial, looking out toward Washington Memorial and US Capitol

I love Abraham Lincoln. 
So cool to see so many reading his amazing words of wisdom printed on the walls of the basement area.
Also there is a great view of more monuments.
I first thought the Capitol was the White House.
WWII Memorial
See the flags surrounding the Washington Memorial? 
Actually that is the World War II Memorial, shaped like a Roman Colosseum, it is amazing...
We decided that was as far as we could go...
So the menfolk walked the miles back to the truck and picked us girls up:). 
Nice to be a girl.
We tried to drive by the White House (sweet hubby actually drove by THREE times), it is tucked in between two HUGE buildings, off the road, and you have to walk to it.
By that time we didn't want to walk another step.
And that is ok.

Granddarling Katherine actually saying CHEESE!!
Can't get enough of this cuteness!! 
GD Katherine, DS Taylor, DIL Lindsey and puppy slept all the way home.
What a tiring, wonderful day!

to be continued...

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