Arlington Memorial Cemetery, the WWII Memorial, and MCRD San Diego
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From 21 - 25 September I took a trip to DC for work. When I got a chance I went to Arlington Memorial Cemetery and the WWII memorial One of the most moving experiences in my recent memory happened while walking around the Arlington. As I was walking around one of the less visited areas on the East side, colors began to play at Fort Meyer. I stood at attention (I was in civilian attire) and faced the music as they lowered the colors for the evening. Hearing that, in that special place, was a moving experience. I'm so happy to have been able to be there at the right time for that.

Later that evening, I made my way over to the WWII memorial to take some pictures. Once again, it was a moving experience - especially because it wasn't very crowded like it was the last time I was there.

There are a lot of pictures of both places on my Picasa page. Here are a few:

 

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The USS Maine Memorial

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For Rocky:

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I also made it to the US Marine Corps Museum. Here is the site for all of my pictures. Here are some of them:

 

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Maj Todd O. USMC, Retired
Grandson of LTC John O'Brien
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#3

Thanks Todd !!

 

Great Pictures !!!

I hope to be able to come one day for visited myself !

Thanks for sharing !!

 

Vee ;)

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#4

Thank you, Capt. Todd, for showing pics of Kansas and "MY SITE" ITALY. SALERNO, ANZIO, etc,etc. Rocky

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#5

Todd,

Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing them. I am going to have to go to the Marine Museum.

Years ago I was in Arlington as part of a Civil War Tour. During our visit, we had to wait to go into the area we were supposed to tour as there was a funeral procession about to pass. It was very moving. They had the horse drawn caisson and the riderless horse.

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Thanks to both of you. I still have to display my WWII Memorial photos from February. Sigh! I'll get around to it someday... :armata_PDT_23:
Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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I guess I should have called this my TAD (temporarily assigned duty) trips instead of Arlington and DC. Here are pictures form my trip from the last few days (Sept 28-30). These are of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego. There are only two MCRD's in the Marine Corps; the other being in Parris Island (like in Full Metal Jacket.) I hadn't been there for almost 15 years, but beside the PX, not much has changed. Here are a few pictures, the rest are here.

 

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The Eagle Globe and Anchor above the general's building.

 

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Entrance to ”the grinder“ (Parade Deck) at MCRD San Diego from the Gommer Pile, USMC opening

 

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Recruits at drill

Maj Todd O. USMC, Retired
Grandson of LTC John O'Brien
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#8

Some really great and interesting pics there Todd. This limey knows of Arlington of course but I enjoyed seeing it too! Also the USMC base - very impressive.

 

Colin.

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#9

Thanks for the glimpse Todd. Have never seen it before. Always a pleasure! Like the comment on the one, "shined by..."

 

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Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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Saw Arlington Cemetary twice, both times I watched the Guards walk their post. Puts a lump

in your throat and blink your eyes a couple of times to remove some wetness. Rocky

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