DC trip- Day one, part two (of three)

This is part two of our first day of exploration in Washington, DC.

I purchased a private, chauffeured tour called The All-Star Team™ – Monuments and Memorials during the evening with DC Insider Tours.  This tour lasted for four hours, and included The White House, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Roosevelt Memorial, Korean Memorial, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.  We ran out of time and didn’t make it to the MLK, jr memorial.

This tour was worth every single penny!  I knew the ladies would never get to see all of those if they had to walk to each of them.  The tour I picked was chauffeured, and Becca was our tour guide.  I didn’t ask how to spell our driver’s name, and I don’t want to butcher it by trying to spell it.  Both were such great people.  This picture is of us with Becca in front of the tour SUV after the tour, which started at 5 pm and ended at 9 pm.  I chose the evening tour so we could see the monuments with the lights and dusk.

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This is Becca, myself, and our driver.

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They showed up at our rental house right on time, and we started the tour as soon as we sat down in the SUV.  Becca went over a bit of history with the beginnings of Washington, DC while we were on our way to the White House.  This is as close as we could get at the time to the White House due to a bigwig entering the house, but that was ok since we were touring it in the morning.  DC3Next up was the Washington Monument, and my favorite pictures of it were taken while we were at the Lincoln Memorial.  I call it the NCIS shot.

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DC4         The Lincoln Memorial is impressive, actually I thought it was very impressive.  It feels as if President Lincoln is really watching over DC.  It is just a feeling of greatness and a heavy heart put together.  You could curl up and take a nap at his feet, and feel safe.  Well, until you get in trouble for crossing the ropes to get to him, but you know what I mean.

I believe we went to the Vietnam Memorial next, and I knew this would be emotional for me.  My father was in the Vietnam War, and that experience has not been kind to him.  I have a lot of patience with veterans who have PTSD, as my father was affected greatly by his experiences overseas and also when he came home.  My mom had a classmate who died during the Vietnam War and is on the wall.  She didn’t feel up to walking the wall, as it is emotional, so I found her friend’s name for her. Rom Worley.  Mom said he graduated a year before her, and died at 19 years old.  Forty-eight years later, and she still gets upset talking about losing her friend.

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The next memorial was the Korean War Memorial, and it hit me hard.  I was matched with a lot of Korean War veterans while I was at the VA, and the memorial reminded me of them (and their stories).  As soon as I walked up to the memorial, I started crying.  It takes quite a bit to get me to cry; I still am empathetic, just not a big crier.  It was one of those cries where you can’t talk.  When Becca asked what I thought of the memorial, all I could muster out was, “It’s good”.   This is by far my favorite memorial in DC. 

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My aunt took this picture of me (below) standing alone looking at the statues.  The only thing you can see is my hair, but I’m on the left side.  This memorial is very well designed, and I recommend everyone to take the time to visit it.  Thankfully, my family (and Becca) realized I was emotional viewing this, and left me alone to experience the memorial.  The gentleman who gave me the inspiration for this blog was a Korean War veteran.

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