Thursday, May 19, 2011

Baltimore/DC Trip: DC Part VII

After we visited the Pentagon we headed back to our hotel via the Metro.  Just in case you were wondering how much we actually walked throughout Washington DC since we walked everywhere...it was at a minimum of 10 miles and I estimate it was closer to 15.  So yea, we definitely hiked around DC and got a great workout!  :)  That's why when we got back to our hotel we watched some TV (I can't remember the name of the show) and went to bed.  

Then Sunday morning we packed everything back up and headed out.  We had another full day ahead of us.  :)  Our first stop was the Arlington National Cemetery, where we parked, but then we actually took the 15 minute walk over to the Marine Memorial.  (Statue of Iwo Jima)
 You know, I have always been intrigued and amazed at this statue.  When I was little I used to look at and hold my Mom's miniature Iwo Jima Statue for hours.  It was so striking.  So meaningful.  So, well done.  So you can only imagine how it was to actually see this statue in person!  It was everything I hoped for and more!  
 It's almost like I can imagine myself being there watching these 6 men ages 18-20 plant that flag in the ground.  Know what I mean?  Maybe it's just me.  Anyway, it's cool, and a neat memorial to the Marines who have given their lives to protect us.  :)
 This is a view of the skyline and memorials from our way back to Arlington Cemetery from the Iwo Jima memorial.
 Also on our way back to Arlington was this "Friendship Bell" given to the US by the people of the Netherlands.  It's actually a 50 bell carillon.  (My favorite instrument!!)  :)  And we got to hear it play a little!  Sounded great!
 One of the many, many view of Arlington National Cemetery.  It's beautiful, but so sad.  These incredible people who have given their lives for us to be able to live the lives we live.
 President JFK and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis' graves with the Eternal flame.
 This was also within Arlington. (Above)
 This is a panoramic view of the beautiful amphitheater within Arlington National Cemetery.
And this was perhaps the most moving, and memorable part of Arlington National Ceremony.  The Tomb of the Unknowns, aka The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier--which actually has never been formally named.  It is constantly under guard and it is moving to be near.  What an honor to be able to see.

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