Saturday, July 18, 2009

Arlington Cemetery and Air Force Memorial Pics

Friday afternoon, after Philip was finished with class, we headed into DC again to see some more of this country's amazing historical sites...

Marine Corps War Memorial

Arlington Cemetery...

Even though I'd seen pictures... seeing this in person was incredible...

they just kept going in every direction as far as you could see

The Canadian Cross
(To honor Americans who had served in the Canadian military)

Philip and Keenan on the marble steps of the Memorial Amphitheatre

Me inside

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Changing of the guard...

(From Wikipedia)

This is performed by a single member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, who marches along a 63-foot walkway in exactly 21 paces, before turning to face the tomb for exactly 21 seconds, turning to face the opposite direction for another 21 seconds, and then retracing his steps to repeat the process. Each turn the guard makes is precise and is instantly followed by a loud click of the heels as he snaps them together. The guard is changed every half hour during daylight in the summer, and every hour during daylight in the winter and every two hours at night (when the cemetery is closed to the public), regardless of weather conditions.

A guard has been on duty at the site continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, since July 2, 1937.


The new guard (on right) being escorted out

Orders being given

First guard leaving

Guard in front of the tomb

Moriah and I

View of the Tomb and Amphitheatre from down the hill

Cute kid in the stroller

The Eternal Flame at the John F. Kennedy Memorial and the Arlington House

President and Mrs. Kennedy's graves

Philip reading Kennedy's quotes to Keenan

Another shot of the headstones

Air Force Memorial

(More help from Wikipedia):

The Memorial itself is 270 feet high and appears to be soaring; its array of arcs against the sky evokes a modern image of flight by jet and space vehicles. At the same time, it enshrines the past in permanent remembrance of the pioneers of flight who came before, and pays homage to those of the future.

Once the decision was made to have vertical elements, the number three became important, three being resonant with significant associations for the Air Force, including the three core values of today: Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do. It is also the smallest number of elements needed to define and enclose a space. The spires are asymmetrical, dynamic, each a different height so that the view of the Memorial changes from every angle.

Philip looking at the wall that has a list of all the campaigns that the Air Force has been involved in

Four Greats and one tiny little Airman

Quotes about the Air Force's three core values

Another shot of the Memorial

Philip and Keenan with a memorial representing the "Missing Man Formation"

A view of DC

Back at "home" our sleepy little traveler

Totally zonked!

1 comment:

Mom E said...

I got tears in my eyes when I saw and read about the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; I didn't remember the stats about every 21 seconds....also liked how the inscription read, "known only to God"! Amen!
Seeing all those other tombstones too was a somber reminder of the great sacrifice made for all of us.
Loved the photo of Keenan in between the statues of the airmen. ;-)