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Old 1 April 2009, 22:53
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Arlington National Cemetary in Full Bloom

Arlington has turned out for inspection, resplendent in her full dress...

The Japanese Cherries are at the height of bloom, and are absolutely beautiful. The only thing more stunning is the wreaths laid at Christmas when there is snow...
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Old 1 April 2009, 22:56
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They really are beautiful... I hope the boys are enjoying them, too.
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Old 1 April 2009, 22:59
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Old 2 April 2009, 08:38
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Very touching.
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Old 2 April 2009, 11:11
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When I was living in the Wash DC area I used to enter into Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, stop my car, and just get out and walk among the stones. I would stay away from the crowds so I could have my moment alone. I could hear the stories and voices of those thereunder.

For those of us who have touched combat several times and realize the quicknss of death and the carnage that accompanies warfare, the silent voices I heard during my walks was heart telling, a recall to the times that one never lives by way of book or movie.

Arlington: A place of glory, a place of silent heroism. A salute to those who gave for us.
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Old 2 April 2009, 11:18
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Thanks for posting. There's something special about the one with the girl on the bridge looking back.
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Thank you for posting.

My father was a bugler at Arlington, words can’t describe how solemn a moment that is when they play taps for the final time.

It’s funny because I just spoke with him yesterday, and he told me that he had recently gone back there for a visit. He said that he was able to tour the grounds, retrace his ‘steps’, gain access to the restricted area, and meet up with some of the current Guardsmen.

They we’re pretty surprised to find out that he served way back in ‘53!

After the Army, my father went to college on the G.I. bill and pursued a career in teaching and coaching football.

He had a very long and successful coaching career, many, many championships at three different schools. He is probably the only high school football coach in America who has had a Superbowl MVP and hall of famer (Steve Young,) and a Superbowl winning head coach (Tom Coughlin) play for him in high school.

Different schools, different players, different era’s….but the coach and his philosophy never changed. He was hard nosed, honorable, and duty oriented….and his teams always reflected that.

I know that he took very seriously the development of the young men put in his charge. I also know that he rubbed many people the wrong way by being ‘old fashioned’ and uncompromising on his principles.

Undoubtedly, the principles and experiences instilled in him while a member of the Honor Guard coursed through his life and led to his success.

He’s a great man….he wound up touching more lives then he’ll ever know…..

Thanks again for posting.
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Old 2 April 2009, 13:56
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Thank you B 2/75, breathtaking.

My daughter just returned last night from a school trip to Washington and this was the one place I most wanted her to see. I've never been but hope to one day. She told me the Cherry Blossoms and rolling hills where Beautiful.
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We got back from DC about 2 weeks ago, missed the Cherry Blossoms. Our purpose for the trip was to help our children grow in understanding & respect for our American heritage, and to embrace it as their own. To start it off, we went to Arlington on Sunday Morning.

Here's pictures from our visit to Arlington.

Also some pictures from the day we visited the major memorials on the mall (with some touristy stuff thrown in as well).
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Old 3 April 2009, 18:39
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Today the kid's grand tour of DC continued, with two stops: the National Spy Museum (pretty damn good) and also the Museum of American History. My idea was mainly for them to see Old Glory (now completely restored and in a specially-lit vault where the flag is laying down on a gently sloping table, instead of hanging as it did when I was a kid.

But, the purpose of this post is what I just happened to blunder into: in the exhibit on "The Price of Freedom" which covers all American conflicts is a tiny exhibit on OIF that consists of one display case. In it I was very surprised to see CPT Rippetoe's uniform, Bible, dog tags, and his parent's Gold Star Banner.

They couldn't have picked a better representative of the Army for their display...
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Old 3 April 2009, 18:46
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I was very surprised to find the CPT in this display, especially after having visited him on Wednesday.
My kids now have him right up there with Washington, Lincoln, and FDR, which I suppose is about right.
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My daughters moved to DC about 8 years ago. We now have 2 grand daughters living just a short distance from Arlington and have been there a several times.

Last November I was fortunate enough to attend the funeral of Colonel Jack Moroney. It was the first time I ever attended a full Military Funeral. I was at a lose for words.

One of these day we will get to see Spring and the Cheery blossoms..

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Last November I was fortunate enough to attend the funeral of Colonel Jack Moroney. It was the first time I ever attended a full Military Funeral. I was at a lose for words.
Thanks for the pictures, JJ. RIP, Colonel Jack...you are greatly missed.


I've been to Arlington/DC only once but it was while the Cherry blooms were in full glory. It was breathtaking...
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Old 4 April 2009, 17:10
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It's easy to be overwhelmed any time of the year at Arlington. Appreciate the photos.
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