Tim and I are in Washington, D.C., on Veterans Day. How cool is that? We had originally debated about going to Washington, but as my friend Manny said, “How can you do a road trip in the United States and not go to Washington?” How true.
It’s mainly to visit with Manny, however, that we are here. We had breakfast with him and his wife Guiomar and met their beautiful daughter Anna-Ceci. She is adorable, with the sweetest smile.
|Tim, Sarah, Manny, Anna-Ceci and Guiomar|
|The National Archives|
The American Galleries at the National Gallery of Art have always been a favorite of mine, and we spent a bit of time wandering from room to room. A new find was the Shaw Memorial, which is on long-term loan from the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, which we visited last month. There, we were able to see a bronze cast of the plaster version of the sculpture, which is on display here at the National Gallery. Tim and I have been on the road long enough now that we are starting to make connections between places, events and themes.
|The Shaw Memorial at the National Gallery of Art|
|View Down the Mall|
|Veterans Day Tribute|
The new World War II Memorial, dedicated in 2004, was next, and it was very moving to be there with veterans in uniform, paying tribute to “The Greatest Generation.” Many flowers and wreaths had been placed along the base of the memorial.
|World War II Memorial|
|Sarah and Tim at the World War II Memorial|
(Manny Made Fun of My Hat!)
Similar tributes lined the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial always elicits a tug on the heart, and it did so again today. Dog tags, red poppies, photographs and other mementos continue to be placed below the names of loved ones killed during the war, and people can be seen searching for that one name on the wall that contains so many.
|Vietnam Veterans Memorial|
|Pool of Remembrance at the Korean War Veterans Memorial|
|Statue of Abraham Lincoln by Daniel Chester French|
|View from the Lincoln Memorial|
I’m really glad that we were in Washington today, to experience what we did and to spend time with Manny. We are so grateful that he was able to spend the day with us.
|A Monumental City|