Saturday, May 24, 2008

Start of Memorial Day Weekend

I was conducting a student tour group from New Jersey through Washington, DC. Their school honored the Unknown Solder of WWI and the Unknown Servicemen by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We also saw the artillerymen polishing up the Howitzers in anticipation of a wreath-laying by the Albanian Defense Minister. The Sgt. talked to us about the Howitzers and the 21 gun salute. We also saw scores of soldiers placing flags at each grave.

After bidding farewell to the group, I walked to the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and around the National Mall.

The Rolling Thunder Veterans were just starting to trickle in and the vendors were getting 'Thunder Alley' tent market set up.

I'll be walking around tomorrow and Monday.

This would be an appropriate time to re-read my posting about cemeteries and Memorial Day which has been reprinted in LOST Magazine.

Please take time from your weekend to reflect on the sacrifices made by the military and their families.

Tour Marm