Sunday, December 21, 2014

My day at Arlington in pictures

December 13th, 2014
At the corner of Wilson and Roosevelt Avenue
In Section 37
Down the hill from the Tomb of the Unknowns
Across the way from Arlington House
Directly in the heart of God bless America....

You know, sometimes words fail. Brains too. The last headstone got to me. I did place a wreath there, but because I turned into a total sap when I saw how young he was when he died. I forgot to snap a picture. I would've like to have known Sgt. Paul Hamilton. I've met a few Vietnam vets in my life. I get to live with one. They are hands down some of America's best. And they are not forgotten. Merry Christmas, Paul.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Never forget

My trek begins tomorrow.
My flight takes off at 9:40am.
By sunset I will be in Crystal City, Virginia.
Bright and early this Saturday morning, December 13, 2014,
I will be in a crowd of thousands who will have come to Arlington National Cemetery
to honor our nation's fallen heroes.

Wreaths Across America makes it possible.
We will be there as volunteers to lay a wreath at every single grave.
We'll greet the convoy of semi-trucks bringing the wreaths from Maine.
We'll stand in line to get our wreaths.
We'll stay all day.
I may not be lucky enough to get a wreath. That's okay.
There may be more volunteers than wreaths.
How awesome would that be?
I'm taking extra Kleenex with me.
Arlington always makes me cry.
Oh, heck, I need one now.
I love my country.