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Monday, May 30, 2016

Saturday Before Memorial Day in Washington, D.C. 5/28/2016

Last Thursday I decided that I would visit Washington, D.C. for the day on the Saturday before Memorial Day. I've never had been to D.C. before and wanted to check it out. In honor of Memorial Day, I'm going to post pictures of the Washington Monument and World War II Memorial (the two patriotic locations I went to).

I took the Megabus - I left Philadelphia at 6:45 AM and after some traffic in Baltimore, made it to D.C. at 10:10 AM. I did hand write poems while on the bus (that is part of the reason why I am putting my book off until Friday - I have 20 poems I need to type that I hand wrote, the other poems I have to come up with are about D.C.- but Friday As Far As The Eyes Can See will be available) and met a couple while we traveling. They fell asleep for half of the trip (I met them in the morning before we hopped on the bus - met them in King of Prussia), but when they woke up they saw me writing and joked they're going to be in my book. Mayhaps! We did drive through a ghetto and that is poem worthy.

Anyway, after I arrived in D.C. I took the Circulator to the Washington Monument. Sadly, I missed the tickets to go inside the Monument, but we could walk up and view the Monument.

It's amazing how tall that Monument is! It was amazing to see it in person! As I was walking down the hill, I saw some Veterans protesting about how the V.A. doesn't do much for them. It was sad to see, but I know it is tough for veterans. I wish the US would do more to help our men and women that serve. While some do get care, I know there are a few who get inadequate care. I'm not a vet, so I obviously can't speak... just go by what I hear and what I see on the streets.

The World War II Memorial was in walking distance of the Washington Monument. I decided to go and I am glad I did. This Memorial reminds us the true meaning for this holiday. It is not all about the unofficial start of the summer or the opening of the pools or barbecues, it's about remember all that have fought and died for us.

A Vet and his service dog.

I am glad I went the Saturday before Memorial Day. I had the opportunity to see many veteran salutes and see the true meaning of Memorial Day. Before I log off for the night, I want to share with you a piece I wrote in 2006 for a class project in 10th grade. The Real Origins of Memorial Day


  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    Nobody, but nobody, gets around as much as you. It was nice to see the Washington Monument and the WWII Memorial again. I saw them ages ago when I was with the boy scouts and we took a bus trip to D.C. I went up to the top of the monument that day, climbed the stairs. Don't ever ask me to do that again! :) I read your piece from 10th grade along with the sentiments expressed in this post. Thank you for reminding us that Memorial Day is not just the kick-off of the summer season, pool parties and cookouts. It is a day to stop and think, to remember, to honor and to thank all those men and women who gave their lives to keep us free.

    Have a wonderful week ahead, dear friend Jessica!

    1. Hi Shady!

      Maybe it's a good thing I couldn't get a ticket - I am terrified of heights and get claustrophobic! It was neat to see up close, though. I enjoyed myself.

      Thank you, dear friend, you as well!