Monday, August 22, 2011

Washington DC: Arlington National Cemetery

I am finally blogging about our trip to Washington DC!

Scott and I were beyond blessed to have won an award that allowed us to have an all expense {flight, hotel, most meals and some spending cash} paid trip to Washington DC.  We were honored by the National Military Family Association as the 2011 Navy Family of the Year {in a later post I will go more into detail}.

One of the first places we visited while in DC was the Arlington National Cemetery.

Words cannot express the heaviness of my heart during our visit to the cemetery.  To see rows and rows of tombstones of the men and women who served our country was mind blowing. It was especially  hard to see the tombstones of the young men who died while at war or the men who served in multiple wars.

It was an a honor for Scott and I to pay our respect to the men and women before us who have served our country.

{tombstones}

{Scott looking out from the Amphitheatre}


{Arlington Memorial Amphitheatre}

{tomb of the unknown soldier}

{guarding the tomb of the unknown solider}

While we were in DC they were having a heat wave and the temperatures were over 100 degrees during the day. This solider walked back and forth, guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier.  Scott and I were dripping with sweat, so I can only imagine what he must have felt like. Yet, he did not miss a step or a beat in guarding the tomb.


Looking at this picture still gives me the chills. Tombstones as far as the eye can see, and in every direction.

Starting out our trip at the Arlington National Cemetery reminded us of those who served before us to defend our country and protect us.

3 comments:

Semper Wifey said...

Congratulations on such a fantastic honor!!!

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My Traveling Troop said...

Congrats on your award! You two truly deserve it!

Also, I'm glad you and your hubby visited the cemetery. It's comforting knowing that the men and women buried there are getting visitors from kind, supportive families like yours.

Monica and Whitney said...

Wow. This is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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