An opportunity for reflection......
01.10.2015 - 01.10.2015 16 °C
DC showered us with rain, rain and more rain today, it is cold outside and the rain has a way of traveling under our umbrella's onto our clothes. Today we headed to Arlington, and we caught the Metro (train). A day pass meant we had unlimited stops on and off, and boy were we grateful for this convenience. We decided to start with a stop at the Pentagon, while we couldn't tour the building unless we have booked months in advance, we could visit the 9/11 memorial. We are very glad we did despite the rain, from my perspective this event appears shadowed by the twin towers event of 9/11. I personally knew about this event, but not a lot. A visit to the memorial prompted me to research this day on google, I recommend you do, as there were 183 people who died that day, men, women and children, including unborn babies. The story of how the event unfolded is very concerning, and heart wrenching. I have forgotten to remember others impacted on that day than those in the twin towers, this visit has made me reflect on that and change this viewpoint. I will remember those impacted by this tragedy from now on also.
The security around the Pentagon was very very high, understandably.
Enough rain, we caught the metro back to Arlington Cemetery, dried off and rather than walk around a wet cemetery, grabbed a trolley tour that drove us around, let us off and collected us at the next location. We were able to visit the Kennedy Graves, The tomb of the 'Unknown Soldier' and walk through the property, reflecting on those who have lost their lives in service to their country. The cemetery is for Service Men and Women and their families, we were very confronted to see a funeral in progress of someone who lost their life in service. A horse and carriage with the coffin draped in the American flag and his widow walking behind. A brass band leading the procession, it was a sobering and sad experience to recall those who are still fighting and losing their life today.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Following Arlington, we stopped at Georgetown, which we have heard is very pretty, the rain impacted on us walking around, however through the windows of a wet cab we saw the streets and headed to Martin's Tavern, a bar/restaurant frequented by many past presidents such as Truman, Kennedy, Bush and more. Most excitingly, John F Kennedy proposed to Jackie here, we sat in the booth where it took place. The food was delicious, comfort food - mashed potato, steak, shepherds pie, stew...... well worth a visit to hang out a while.
Time for home, Mum and Joan went back to the hotel, I popped into the National Museum of American History. I only had an hour and had a priority list, of which I got to see..... I enjoyed this museum very much, it celebrated America.
A Lego model of the American Flag