Sunday, July 27, 2008

Washingtone D.C cont....Arlington Cemetary, flowers, and more.

I just had my photos printed yesterday and it was so much fun to look back over them. I felt like I was there all over again. That is what I love so much about scrapbooking, you can capture those memories for a lifetime, and revisit them every day. Anyways, here is a look at the rest of the pictures.

At the end of the day on Friday, we made a mad rush to Arlington Cemetery. I really wanted to see it but I know we would only have about 1/2 hour to walk through it. Thank goodness they let us stay a little bit longer. I have to say, I had NO idea about how big this place was. I remember walking up the road and there was a heaviness in my chest, it was hard to breathe. It was so silent, I felt like I could hear my heart beat. The feeling of gratitude for our troops and our country was almost overwhelming. Thousands of graves filled the 624 acres of land. There were so many of them, but each one seemed to stand out with its name engraved on it. This was someones husband, brother, son, father...... There was one grave that had been recently dug. It was a feeling of sadness at the loss, mixed with a feeling of pride to be able to stand there a pay respects to someone who I had never met, yet gave his life to protect my country and my rights.

I am still in an appreciation phase, I really wanted to hug every serviceman I saw in the airport or on the street. Still do, so watch out.....

We were able to see the changing of the guard at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Again, breathtaking to see as you sit on top of the hill overlooking all of the graves and seeing the Washington Monument in the background. Such respect and dignity these men have for their comrades.

Couldn't help but snap tons of pictures, here are a few.

Besides my boys, my favorite things to photograph are flowers and scenery. Here are some of the flowers I found near the Lincoln Memorial and some at the Botanic Gardens.

That pretty much sums up our trip. Now, I get to make a vacation album. Sounds like fun, huh!

Thanks for reading!!


1 comment:

Pickett Fences said...

I love flowers (as you know). That looks so beautiful over there and all that history. I glad you guys were able to get over there.