VETERANS DAY - USA
Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
81Trip End Dec 10, 2008
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While we lay wreaths at the feet of monuments, the Americans tie wreaths to their doors (very similar to Christmas). The streets of even the smallest town have flags on every block. Their patriotism cannot be denied, and their desire to remember, what is nearly a lost generation now, has to be admired.
It was another beautiful, blue sky day, so although the mood was reverent, it was beautiful (if you'll allow me to use that description): bright blue sky, trees with autumn colours as far as the eye could see, typical Georgian towns with quarter acre sections, white picket fences, perfectly manicured hedges and gardens and the symbolism of Veterans Day in every front yard.
It was a longish drive today, about 5 hours or so. Funny how these days, that is the norm, before this, the kids could barely handle a trip to Hamilton! Although, Tara informs me, that in a car, she still couldn't manage more than an hour. But anyway, we took our time, and it was another great trip. The drives are so scenic, that they really do make up a big part of our 'tourist thing', and today was the little bit extra special.
Tara asked me about today and what it meant, and I told her it was like Anzac Day for us, and she said "oh so that's why they were all wearing poppies when we went to the Cemetery". Things do 'click' over time.
On TV, we watched the laying of wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, at Arlington Cemetery, where we'd been only a couple of days before. It's more meaningful now, and the kids love seeing the places they've been to, on TV! A lot of American news shows the sights of Washington, ie: Capitol Building when it talks about Congress, or The Whitehouse, so it's really cool for them to see all that now, and of course they don't fully understand everything, but seeing things helps them remember, and today in particular.... was a day of remembrance.