The Price of Freedom

Trip Start Jul 08, 2011
Trip End May 26, 2012

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Where I stayed
400 15th Street South Crystal City
What I did
Explored War Memorials
Wandered through the monuments of DC

Flag of United States  , District of Columbia
Saturday, September 3, 2011

One thing can be said for this city, there are wonderful monuments that honor service members that have served this nation through all of its wars and conflicts. Many of those monuments have great quotations chiseled into the marble. Today Kathy and I (with Tyler) visited downtown DC, going through the US Capitol, the Library of Congress and walked the mall from the Smithsonian Metro stop, to Arlington Cemetery.  I have purposely placed the Capitol and the LOC on two different days to maximize the photo placement and the ability to separately write about each location. This topic - The price of freedom.
Examining several different memorials, each Memorial distinctively capturing the human cost, the courage, the patriotism and the sacrifice that Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines contributed to the overall conclusion of Korea, Vietnam and the victory of World War II.
From the hollow eyes of the bronze statues at the Korean War memorial, to the wreaths on display at the WW II Memorial, against the field of gold stars, (each star representing 10,000 dead from our great country). From the names carved into the Vietnam Memorial, forever representing the toll of that conflict, immortalizing a generation of service member, while their countrymen struggled with the philosophical question of whether we should have sacrificed a generation of soldiers over a far away asian land. (Where is Arlo Guthrie's and the Alice's Restauant song)
This thought of "The price of freedom", and what does it mean for this leading democratic nation among a community of nations that do not always endeavor to ensure personal liberties and protect the inalienable rights of their citizens. There must be a connection, possibly the reader has some ideas.
There are so many other Memorials and monuments in this city, the nation's capital. I will continue to seek out others and add them to this forum as we continue to live here.
This nation is so great and so deserving in the context of the sacrifices of its service members. I know that all of you agree with me. We may not always agree that the conflict or armed action is in the best interest of our nation, but we can and will always be proud of the dedicated efforts of our service members as they fulfill the express directions of our civilian and dully elected leadership.
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