Today in our DC travels we visited, amongst other things, three very important memorials – the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veteran Memorial.  Each of these memorials are powerful in their own right.  They carry a weighty responsibility –  they stand to help us honor and remember those who have given of themselves to this country.  They are places of solemn recognition of the cost of freedom.

I took many photos of the memorials today, but I will instead share some choice selections from Google Images before I share my one favorite photo taken in the memorials today.

World War II Memorial

Korean War Veteran Memorial

Vietnam Veteran Memorial

Here is the only photo of my own that I will share.  It is of an unoccupied bench in the Korean War Veterans Memorial.  I saw it there under the trees overlooking the reflection pool and I was hit by the potency of the memorial’s message of quiet reflection and somber reverence.  When I looked at this bench I thought that every person who has the power to send our men and women into active combat – military leaders, legislators, presidents – should find their way to this bench and reflect long and hard on the cost.   As it says at the Korean War Veterans Memorial – freedom is not free – we can never forget the cost.

Day one thousand four hundred and eighty-two of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

2 Responses

  1. B-dubya

    Very sobering photos and something we need to reflect on more often than just on Memorial Day and Veterans Day–not just for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but also for those who came back forever changed.

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