Day Trips From Baltimore-Arlington National Cemetery

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Day Trips From Baltimore-Arlington National Cemetery

Today, Memorial Day 2011, Billy, Sydney and I drove the 30 minutes down 95 to the Greenbelt Metro Station, parked and hopped the green line to L'Enfant Plaza (or as Sydney called it Elephant Plaza).  We switched to the Yellow Line one stop to the Pentagon Station, switched again to the Blue line for a quick ride to the Arlington National Cemetery.  The stop is only about 2 blocks from the entrance.

Day Trips from Baltimore Arlington National Cemetery

I have never been to the cemetery, I have seen lots of pictures.  Nothing prepared me for what I felt while wondering down the paths of rows and rows of grave markers of our military heroes, for the over-whelming gratitude and connection to the families of the fallen.  There were lots of families there today, some with badges that had pictures of their sons and daughters, their very young sons and daughters lost at war.  So many brave sacrifices, so much pride, so many heart aches.

Day Trips from Baltimore Arlington National Cemetery

There was a group in the visitors center giving out roses.  The sign said "Take 2, one for a memorial, and one to remember." One Dad I met told me that his son, a Marine, was buried in San Diego, he was taking a rose home to his daughter-in-law.  His connection to the other families of the fallen visiting this sacred place was palpable.  With a light touch, I thanked him for his sacrifice and for raising such an honorable man.  I walked away with a tear in my eye.

We wandered through the paths and made our way to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  The Tomb is marked with  "Here rests in honored glory an American Soldier known but to God".  Since President Obama was participating in the ceremonial laying of a wreath at the Tomb, some of the pathways were not open.  By the time we got there that part of the ceremony was complete and we watched as representatives of military associations presented wreaths to be laid at the Tomb.

Day Trips from Baltimore Arlington National Cemetary

This is not a place for running and playing and giggles, but it is a place where you can teach your child about Country, Honor and Sacrifice.  It is a place to connect to the realities of war, it is a place to help to understand how much blood has been spilled to allow us the freedoms we hold so dear.

Today was an amazing day shared with my family in appreciation of our military.

May God Bless the United States of America.  I have never felt so proud and grateful and blessed to be an American!

Day Trips from Baltimore Arlington National Cemetary

Day Trips From Baltimore-Arlington National Cemetery We were lucky enough to be nearby when a bag piper paid his respects to the dead. Hopefully this will help you to feel a small swell of pride....


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Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

Good Evening Bridget

Thanks for the post. Have a great day,

May 30, 2011 02:35 PM #1
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

I think we all felt in some small way our gratitude to those who made our life possible today. Your sharing your visit to such a beautiful and sacred place is a blessing to us all. Thank you.

May 30, 2011 03:21 PM #2
June Piper-Brandon
Long & Foster Hampden - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

Just reading your post choked me up.  I am so lucky to call this place home now and even luckier that God saw fit to bring my son home to me from Iraq only broken in spirit but whole in body and mind.  It is days like today when we all should give thanks to those who have given so much.  Thanks for sharing your day with us.

May 30, 2011 04:03 PM #3
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Bridg~ beautiful tribute, I can hardly see to type for the tears. What a great way to spend Memorial Day & teach the children. Hugs.

May 30, 2011 04:07 PM #4
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

aww, touching.  I can only imagine how you felt to be there today. 

May 30, 2011 04:34 PM #5
Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee
SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061 - Baltimore, MD
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068

Patrick,  My pleasure, hope you had a fabulous weekend.

Martha, May you be doubly blessed!

June, I have to agree! Please give your son a hug and thank him for our family. 

Diane, It was really touching, glad I could share it.

Chris, I never realized just how much I would be touched by this sacred place.  The pride mixed with sadness is almost overwhelming!

May 31, 2011 12:16 AM #6
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

Can't believe you had never been there.  It is an amazing place.  I am always overcome with emotion when I go there.

Jun 01, 2011 02:36 AM #7
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