Sunday, May 03, 2009

Proud to Be An American

DC Trip 152 I’m not going to go on and on in this post about how fabulous our trip to Washington DC was. Because really,who cares. As much as I try to read long blog posts—no matter how interesting—invariably I end up skimming the long paragraphs as I stare at the photos.   Instead I’ll try to concisely articulate my thoughts as I walked around the city
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I was proud to be an American as I stared up at this giant statue memorializing this great man who saved the Union.
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I was proud to be an American as I read just a few of these names…wondering how their loss affected their families. And grateful that my own Dad came home.
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I was proud to be an American as I stood with hundreds of others in the rotunda of the Capital…thinking about the history that is still made in this building. E Pluribus Unum! (Truly my favorite tour.)
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I was proud to be an American as I watched these soldiers guard the tomb of one who is unknown. There was also something poignant about walking around a graveyard in the spring and watching the blossoms and flowers come alive again. It reminded me of He who died so these soldiers (and all others)could live again.
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I was proud to be an American as I taught my children about the significance of the Supreme Court building.
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I was proud to be an American as I contemplated the freedom of expression we all enjoy as I passed this church just across the street from the Supreme Court.
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I was proud to be an American as I walked around the now quiet fields of Gettysburg.
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I was proud to share this all with my family. God Bless America!


LaurieJ said...

This post made me cry! I am so glad you had a great trip and what a perfect way to summarize!

You will have to give me more details later...I like the boring parts too :-)

Brian and Carly said...

I love these pictures and thoughts! I'm proud too! I went here a few years back and would love to go again. I think I would appreciate it so much more. Your kids couldn't be cuter.

Debbie said...

I love DC and can't wait to take my kids there some day.

Great photos too!

Anonymous said...

I cried, too. Very touching, Cyn!


Michael said...

Touching, lovely, spiritual!

Win said...


The Tolman Family said...

Cynthia, I am so jealous. This is one place that I really want to visit. I have to say you have a great looking family. You look the same from the old Cannon Center Days

Kathleen said...

What a great trip! I went when I was 9 yrs old but would love to go again now that I'm older.

It was good to see you briefly on Sunday. I'd like to invite your family over for Sunday dinner sometime soon. I remember you saying you would love a break from cooking and are envious of people who live closeby their mom's and get to go to their house for Sunday dinner. I'm obviously not your mom but I could at least give you the break!

Carolyn#2 said...

loved it Cynthia!! you made me cry a bit too. Short and sweet, the pictures do all the speaking.

Care Bear said...

As the person behind the camera on some of these shots, I must say: well said!
The biggest thing I took away from our trip was pride. Every American should visit DC and have these special feelings and see the living history of our favored and blessed nation. Visiting DC reminded me why exactly our currency states IN GOD WE TRUST. The founding fathers and early presidents were not afraid or ashamed to declare their faith in our God. Sharing all this with you, Paul, and the kids was one of the best experiences I have ever had.


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