Accompanying the family is a gracious woman, one of the Arlington Ladies. These wonderful women ensure that no matter what, not one of our military members is ever laid to rest without someone there.
Down in Washington, DC, we visit many other sites. We see the Holocaust Museum and revisit the atrocities there. We see the Lincoln Memorial and read his immortal words from the Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural speech as he pleads with us to better ourselves. To remember and reach higher.
WWII Memorial at night. It is so peaceful there and is a beautiful monument to those who preserved world peace and freedom. At the Vietnam Wall we read the names of men, listed in the order that they fell. Near the very end, we found flowers with a note on them. They were dedicated to a vet who served and then died young after the war. Many, many years later, his cause of death was identified as Agent Orange.
Korean War Memorial is opposite the
Vietnam Wall. Nineteen men, some looking like mere boys, show a military squad on patrol. It is a haunted, hunted expression on most of their faces. One in particular, appearing about 16 years old, looks right through you as you gaze on him. To the side is a black granite wall with images taken from photos of military members. About half-way down, Tricia and I found one that looked very much like Papa would have at that time. On the wall behind the men is etched, "Freedom is not free." It's not free. Still today, men and women pay that ultimate price for us.
All over Washington, DC comes the plea: Remember.