I am going to go out on a limb and say just about everyone has heard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
We visited Washington DC this time last year. The absolute highlight of the trip was visiting Arlington National Cemetery and to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You’ve heard over and over about people dying for our freedom, right?
Nothing is a bigger exclamation point on that FACT then visiting a place like this. The grounds alone have such historical significance but that is overshadowed by this resting place for those people, my people, that have given their life so that we can sit where we are right now…
So we know about the Tomb of the UNKNOWN Soldier but did you know about the Tomb of the KNOWN Soldier? I didn’t either and I visited the town many many times…
Here is what I found out about this place of immeasurable honor: (Thank you Wiki) …
Charles Graves enlisted in the United States Army on August 16, 1917; he was eighteen years old at the time. He was eventually shipped to Neuroy, France, a place he knew nothing about. On October 5, 1918 (fourteen months after his Army service began), Graves was killed by German artillery shrapnel on the Hindenburg Line. Soon after, he received full military honors and a military burial in France.
Charles’ mother received the telegram from the War Department that her son was killed in the war. After waiting four long years, she finally claimed her son’s body when it arrived on a troopship called the Cambria on March 29, 1922. The U.S. Government had the idea of creating the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and of a “Known Soldier” in Arlington National Cemetery to honor World War I soldiers. Graves was chosen for “America’s Known Soldier” by a blindfolded sailor who picked Graves’ name from an American soldier remains list, but his mother objected to his burial at Arlington. The War Department wanted to give his body, in its flag-draped coffin, a parade on Fifth Avenue in New York with generals, admirals, and politicians before his mother buried Graves in the cemetery near Antioch Church on April 6, 1922.
Graves, a fallen soldier, failed to remain in the cemetery for a long period of time; many local citizens decided that he should be buried in a place of honor. As a result, on September 22, 1923, his body was exhumed from Antioch Cemetery and relocated to Myrtle Hill Cemetery as America’s Known Soldier after his mother’s death and his brother’s agreement. Graves was buried a third and final time. On November 11, 1923, Armistice Day, Charles and the other 33 young men from Floyd County who died in World War I were honored with three Maxim guns and 34 magnolia trees.
Today, Graves’ final resting place is known as the Tomb of the Known Soldier. To many, the memorial site is a place of remembrance, a place that is meant to pay respect to all of the known fallen soldiers of every war.”
Here are a few more photos I took…there is alot more to this particular cemetery so watch for another post about it soon….these are military graves just like at Arlington…
And here is another person my 30 year old friend didn’t know…
So let’s start with this, have you ever watched (or read the book) “The Last of the Mohicans”?
This is one of my top 5 movies EVER! The main character is based loosely on Daniel Boone. Oh, Daniel Day-Lewis be still my heart! “Stay Alive! I Will Find You!”
There is alot of fact and legend surrounding DBs life. You can read more HERE about his very adventurous life.
For me, just reading about him makes me want to learn more about North Carolina, Kentucke (original spelling before it became Kentucky), Virginia, West Virginia and Missouri.
Funny how educating yourself leads to more knowledge.
Who else might you want to know about? Or is there a place you are curious about? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see about it.
What prompted this topic was a discussion with a 30 year old…
Not only did they not know a pickle was a cucumber, they had no clue who Benjamin Franklin was and why he was so important to the creation of America. 🇺🇲
This person thought he was a President because he was on the $100 bill. 🤯
Over the summer we went to Washington DC and I picked up a little book of quotes by Ben Franklin.
Here are a few famous quotes:
“A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned“
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.“
“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.“
“Hide not your talents, they for use were made, What’s a sundial in the shade?“
The Harvest moon, yall know I get so excited to take pictures of the full moon. But this one just didn’t want to really cooperate or it could have been the operator was having a Friday the 13th….😳
Morning! We are headed to Washington, DC! So excited, I’ve never been. I do have some anxiety about what we may encounter, what with all the crazy stuff in the news. But in the meantime…We got the truck and trailer loaded, jump in and look up….there’s something stuck in the wiper…
Funny, funny….if you read the first part of this journey you’ll know why. 😆Off we go, we’ve decided to take the route Google has suggested, which takes us through NYC…little excited, shouldn’t be to bad for a Sunday.
Moving along, no major traffic issues…
Made it to Pohick Bay Regional Park outside Washington, DC where we will be camping with 2 of our most favorite people. Let’s get this party started!
We are all so excited about going to DC, but how do you fit in everything? Well, honestly you don’t unless you have 7 or 8 days to spend. We don’t, so we all talked about what was our #1 must see places, which were: Arlington, Museum of History, Library of Congress and Vietnam/Korean Memorials.
Having coffee and I have to take a few test shots…
Monday morning we went straight to the local train station. We rushed up to buy tickets and activated them, THEN we checked the train schedule…wanna guess what happened next? If you guessed, THERE WAS NO TRAIN COMING after 9am (we were basically an hour late) you’d be right! LOL
So we improvised and drove 2 hours to Colonial Williamsburg. This was on our list if there was time…neither my hubs or I had been, What a Cool Place!
To think people lived here in to the 60s and 70s in these original buildings. What I mean is, in some cases, descendants of the original families that built or founded this area lived in these homes that we now tour is mind boggling! Definitely would love to come again and stay here to have a full experience of colonial life.
Tuesday, July 2 we Uber’d to Union Station to play it safe this time. Lol
Wow! Ok, I am from Florida and am used to tourists wondering around with their mouths open, ok that was totally me.
But our next experience goes in the books as the weirdest, nastiest thing I have personally ever witnessed…and no it isn’t anything you could imagine AND thank goodness there is NO pictures…in short, I witnessed a lady washing her lady parts in the public restroom in FULL view of the doorway!!! 😱🤯🤢
I couldn’t believe my eyes, when she saw us she stopped and waited for us to go into a stall so she could finish “Freshing up!”
Moving on, Union Station was absolutely beautiful!
We arranged for a Capital tour through our local Congressman, I highly recommend this otherwise you will be in very very long lines. This was a major highlight of our trip. I would like to say at this point, I have never been prouder to be an American. Washington, DC is a place of History that ALL Americans should visit and know about. In some cases, it will help you brush up on the Historical facts of how we came to be.
In other cases, it will help you educate yourself on the sacrifices made for our country so that we all have rights and privileges that others don’t have.
I am going to do a separate post of this visit, so many pictures to share. We can’t wait to come back again❣🇺🇸
We got our picture taken in front of the White house…
I am drawn to the amazing architecture of all these magnificent buildings. Then we head to the mall area where the memorials are:
World War I:
World War II
Arlington National Cemetery
The Reflection pool (I was having a Forest Gump moment and a guy was coming from the other direction yelling “Jenny”) and Lincoln Memorial, because of the July 4th festivities we were not able to go up close to the Lincoln memorial.
We also spent time in the Smithsonian National History museum
and the Library of Congress which has the original collection (what was left of it) Of Thomas Jeffersons extensive Library. They are in the process of digitizing it. He had books from the year 1555!
It’s an amazing American Heritage story. This was my personal #1 place i wanted to see, I bought the book about its history and I didn’t realize it’s actually 3 different buildings.
And to cap off this years adventure, we head to the Charlotte area to visit our newest granddaughter.
And just like that vacay is over! For the record we still walked a total of 65 miles on this trip, even after all the Driving, Ubering, and Train/Subway riding. Woo Hoo what a journey❣