Squirl's Nest

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Been there, seen that

The next day of our DC trip we took a tour bus to various sites and memorials. I took so many pictures that it's going to be hard to choose what to put up here. If you'd like to see the set it's here.

We saw the Capitol.

We also stopped briefly way out in front of the White House.

There was the WWII memorial.



There was the Jefferson Memorial.

I really liked the FDR Memorial. This was the second statue they put up of him. The first one didn't have the wheelchair showing.

They also had four waterfalls, each representing one of his terms in office. The first one had no obstacles, the second a bit more, the last one had a lot because things got rougher to handle. Wars are not easy for anyone, least of all the president.


This was for the Korean War.

Wish I could've gotten a straighter shot of the reflecting pool.

Then there was the Lincoln Memorial.

Some girls, I don't know what country they came from, asked to take a picture of them. Then they offered to take a picture of us.

Vietnam War


And a lovely tribute to the nurses.

And, of course, we must not forget Arlington Cemetery.

The tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

And the tribute to Iwo Jima.


Thank you to all of our veterans.

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Blogger Jessica said...

God, one of those is going to be my son.

Lets hope its one of the very very very old generals.

Tue Nov 11, 11:59:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi, Jess, nice to see you. Praying that your son stays completely safe and healthy!

Wed Nov 12, 03:08:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

I love the Vietnam war statue and the nurses statue. And let's hope that our countrymen in the middle east all come back safe and sound, for those that are still able to. Nice photos, Squirl-Bob!

Wed Nov 12, 03:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Courtney said...

I just spent the last hour reading about the Tomb of the Unknowns. It was exciting to read that the Vietnam soldier was identified. I'll have to check your set on Flickr to see if you snagged any photos of the guards. :D

Wed Nov 12, 10:30:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Jim, aren't those statues great? I'm praying they all get back safely. Thanks!

Courtney, I did get some pictures, but I don't think I put them on Flickr. I took a couple of videos, but didn't like the way they turned out. That's cool that they identified the Vietnam soldier. Hope that doesn't mean he has to lose his status.

Thu Nov 13, 08:41:00 AM  
Blogger Ern said...

All of the memorials in DC are moving, and can be a bit overwhelming. This post was a nice tribute for veterans day.

Thu Nov 13, 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger ladymadaysia said...

Wow, okay. I never realized what the waterfall were for in the FDR memorial until I read your post. *donk*


Love how that nice phallus is sticking up between the two of you. ;-)

Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures. I just love all the memorials in DC. They sure do take a lot into consideration and make them look so well.

I've always wondered what these memorials will look like 100 years from now.

Thu Nov 13, 11:17:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Well, crap - I meant to comment on this the day you showed it to me.

You'd think FDR could've at least stood up to pose for the statue. Sheesh!

Fri Nov 14, 08:28:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ern, yes, they are moving. I've been dragging my feet posting about the vacation but remembering it was Veterans Day made me kick this one in gear.

Lady M, that's why having a tour guide sometimes helps. And don't you just love the phallus sitting on Ichabod's shoulder? It was my pleasure to share these pictures. I hope we can keep them intact for future generations. I guess only time will tell.

Bucky, you probably thought you'd commented after you talked to me about this post. And, yeah, you'd think a president could show a little respect. :-p

Fri Nov 14, 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger S E E Quine said...

Hi from the other Washington!

Wow, it was just as if I were there myself! Except with a cat blocking my view....

Sat Nov 15, 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Very, very cool photos, Squirly! Now, where's the part about Susie?! ;)

Sun Nov 16, 01:53:00 AM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

What a beautiful tribute to our veterans!

Sun Nov 16, 08:52:00 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

I really liked the FDR memorial too. I thought it was really great.

I liked seeing all of your shots. It reminds me of being there and seeing them too.

Sun Nov 16, 10:15:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

SEE, hi! Yes, I didn't have any cats blocking my view while I was there. :-)

E, thanks! I didn't see Susie until the last night before we left. It's coming!

tshsmom, thanks! It's, literally, the least I could do.

Danielle, I had so many pictures of the FDR memorial but couldn't post them all here. So glad you enjoyed them. :-)

Sun Nov 16, 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Wow what a trip Squirl.. Amazing.. We have quite a few vets that arent remembered like those that are out there.. Thanks for doing so Squirl..

Tue Nov 18, 03:06:00 PM  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Happy Thanksgiving Squirl and Ichabod.....

Wed Nov 26, 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Squirly-dear. This post seems fitting, because it reminds me of how much we really have to be thankful for in our country.

I hope you have a very enjoyable holiday.

Thu Nov 27, 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING Squirl and Ichabod!

Thu Nov 27, 05:36:00 PM  
Blogger ladymadaysia said...

Have a (late) Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Fri Nov 28, 11:13:00 PM  
Blogger Annejelynn said...

you've got some really great pics from your DC trip! I'm impressed!

Fri Dec 05, 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Opera Gal said...

I haven't been here in a LOOOOOOONG time
(sorry Squirl)
but I loved the photo of the Korean ar Memorial - when I saw it years ago, it was at NIGHT, which is extremely trippy because they bottom-light them and from a distance? It looks like real soldiers are coming at you.

Wed Dec 17, 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

OperaGal, it's nice to see you here. I'll bet that was kinda freaky to see at night. If I ever go back I'm going to do a night tour.

Wed Dec 17, 03:30:00 PM  

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