Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Visit Memorials

On the road again Tuesday Oct. 19 by motor coach to the WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial and the Smithsonian (American History).  The WWII Memorial was humbling. What was astounding to see was the Freedom Wall.  There were 4048 gold stars, each star representing 100 men killed, thus 404,800 deaths.  Thus far there is no WWI Memorial.
Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the
Armed Forces of the U.S. during World War II.

The Freedom Wall has 4,048 gold stars,
each representing 100 Americans who died in the war.

Vietnam Wall
Phil found the name of his friend.
At the Vietnam Memorial Phil found the name of one of his college fraternity brothers, Jim Fickler, he was killed when his plane was shot down. All of the memorials were moving.
Vietnam Women's Memorial

Korean Memorial Wall
At the Korean Memorial there were stainless steel statues of 19 servicemen, 15 Army, 3 Marine and 1 Navy corpsman. The polished marble wall next to the soldiers reflected the 19 soldiers, thus making 38 soldiers, symbolic of the 38th parallel. On the wall were 2500 pictures of actual service men who participated In the conflict - there is also one dog on the wall.

Do you have one of these?
On display at Smithsonian Museum

Phil had a gray Buick like this in the 60's.
Photo taken at Smithsonian Museum

Sunset as we start our Dinner Cruise

Washington Monument was so captivating.

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