Arlington National Cemetery

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Tomb of the Unknowns

Because I am on a tare regarding my patriotism this morning, I wanted to share some cherished photos from a gorgeous day this spring that I spent at Arlington National Cemetery.

Although these have been up on my Flickr account for some time, I never actually wrote about them.

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Self Portrait

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Beauty honoring sacrifice

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Utmost respect

 

Cluttering this page with many words would take away from the impact of walking among those who served. The “Nurses Section,” tucked on a grassy hill behind the Tomb of the Unknowns, brought me to tears. I found it by accident and was overwhelmed by the legacy I, very simply, am part of.

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Nurses Memorial, Section 21
“Army and Navy Nurses”

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THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED IN 1938
AND REDEDICATED IN 1971
TO COMMEMORATE DEVOTED SERVICE
TO COUNTRY AND HUMANITY BY
ARMY, NAVY, AND AIR FORCE NURSES

 

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Women in Military Service
for America Memorial

I will leave you with a section from my journal, written that day while sitting on a bench in the cemetery—

I consider myself honored to be a citizen of the greatest country in the world. As I sit among the graves of thousands who swore to protect, and honor their country, I am beyond humbled to know that I am amongst their ranks. I have followed in the footsteps of so many who also felt the need to serve.

This spring day is clear, and cool in the shade next to Mrs. Lincoln’s tomb. The breeze is slight, creating a quiet symphony of peace as it slips through the trees.

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2 Comments

  1. Awesome post! It’s great to see someone recognizing how GREAT our country is and honoring the brave men and women who protect this country. Keep on talking about America, the country needs to hear it!

  2. @Joe

    That is why I raised my right hand. This is a great country and I am so proud of my service, and the soldiers who serve with me. My medics are AWESOME soldiers and deserve a post all their own.

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