Monday, August 10, 2009

Back from D.C.

It you feels like I've been missing in action from my blog for several days then you're entirely correct. Joe and I took off on a little, long-planned trip last week to Washington. We had several goals in mind (I'm sorry but I'm goal-oriented even on vacation). The centerpiece of the trip was that I had scored tickets to the Van Morrison concert at Constitution Hall on Thursday night. I LOVE Van Morrison and the concert didn't disappoint. We also wanted to combine a little sightseeing with the concert since we hadn't been to D.C. in years. The top of MY sightseeing list was a trip to the World War II Veterans Memorial. As the proud daughter of a World War II veteran, I really wanted to pay my respects at this memorial and am very saddened that my father did not live long enough for this memorial to open. Joe and I got off our tour bus at the Lincoln Memorial and took a nice, long walk past the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on our way to the WWII memorial. It is a beautiful monument to the men, women and citizens of the U.S. who lived, fought and died during this difficult time. I was so excited to find the detail pictured above from the bas-relief sculpture on the "Liberation" panel. The sculpture depicted some of the many jobs the troops performed during and after the war and I felt that this photographer was included especially for my Daddy. He spent the last year of his time in the Army as a photographer in occupied Japan and many of the skills he learned there served him well in his future career.

More photos from the World Warr II memorial showing the Pacific side of the memorial along with the North Carolina pillar.

Joe and I also really enjoyed our visit to the Newseum. Lot of wonderful exhibits. We wish we had another entire day to spend there. Joe especially enjoyed the exhibit they had on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.

So . . . I'm back at work now immersed in high school seniors. I hope to be able to blog more often because I've had lots of great things going on lately that I want to share. Have a good week everyone!


Mandy said...

I love the picture of Mr. Joe! I am glad you added it and also told us about your trip even though it wasn't necessarily about the shop. I love hearing the personal stuff as well. Charlie has never been to DC, so I would love for us to take a little vacation there as well. Glad ya'll had a fun and safe trip!

Anonymous said...

Loved the post..and the personal touches. Glad you all had a great time. David and I want to take the kids sometime soon, but there is so much to see is hard to decide what to do and what to miss. Glad you all had a great time.

Mary Lou said...

Glad you finally got to see the WWII Memorial. Me and my sister were fortunate enough to take my daddy to the dedication. What a special time it was and such a special memory now that he's no longer with us. If you ever get a chance to go back to DC, go see the memorial at night. It is truly a spectacular sight to see as well as many other memorials around the city.

Nancy said...

So jealous of you seeing Van Morrison!!! I really like him...especially "Brown Eyed Girl"!! Great pics...40th anniv of Woodstock...I've got the (I think triple) album!!