Continuing our tour of Washington, DC, with the Book Obsessed Chicks (link), we drove to the Marine Corps War Memorial. From the National Park Service (link)
Based on an iconic image of the second flag-raising on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II, the US Marine Corps War Memorial is dedicated to "the Marine dead of all wars and their comrades of other services who fell fighting beside them."
The memorial is adjacent to the historic post Fort Myer. From its website (link),
Most of the buildings at the north end of Fort Myer were built between 1895 and 1908. Many of those still standing have been designated historic landmarks by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the state of Virginia. Quarters One was completed in 1899 as the post commander's house, but since 1908, it has been the home of Army chiefs of staff, including Generals George C. Marshall, Omar N. Bradley, Douglas MacArthur and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Above is the Old Post Chapel, where I married my husband in 1996!
We continued over to the Air Force Memorial. From its website (link),
The United States Air Force Memorial honors the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Air Force and its predecessor organizations, including the Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps; the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps; the Division of Military Aeronautics, Secretary of War; the Army Air Service; the U.S. Army Air Corps; and the U.S. Army Air Forces. More than 54,000 Airmen have died in combat while serving in the Air Force and these historical service arms of the military.
Located on a promontory in Arlington, Virginia, overlooking the Pentagon and adjacent to Arlington Cemetery, the Air Force Memorial is easily seen on the skyline of Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia in Arlington county.
Above is the glass pane in tribute to the missing man ...
... where someone left a tribute to a loved one.
It is an impressive memorial! Have you visited any war memorials? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, October 17, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 18, at SOS Aloha.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City