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?“
I am so ridiculously proud of my little crochet group. We have a few dozen members but only about 10 of us that crochet.
This year has been so challenging for so many of us, but we managed to do 60 lapghans (split between our domestic abuse shelter, senior orphans and Moffitt Cancer center; baby hats for Shaken Baby syndrome Oklahoma; hats, scarves, clothing, food and other items for our Senior Orphans.
Now meet some of the crew:
The work tables…
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….😳
This is about our recent trip and my first time ever going to DC.
To say the least, we had a lot on our minds about what we might encounter because of the constant negative news reports.
Bottom line, we were absolutely surprised at what a great experience we had.
Not once, and I mean this, not once did we encounter militant or disgruntled people; not once!
It was an absolute pleasure to see Our Nations Capital and we are looking forward to going back.
Did we see homeless people sleeping or lounging around a few monuments? Yes. Were they panhandling or begging? Nope.
Honestly, we expected to experience some of what we saw in downtown Boston which was: open use of drugs, mental illness and etc. We were stunned to see people shooting up & smoking meth out in plain sight, not in shadowy corners, I mean straight up in the sunlight at a main corner in downtown Boston. When we visited the famous Boston Commons, mental illness and homeless were prevalent.
So when we ubered to Union Station on the Tuesday before the 4th, we saw homeless people milling about and thought “ok, eyes open people” because you just never know.
We walked around the White House. We saw a couple groups protesting waving signs, but they weren’t what we expected. They were “peacefully” holding signs and talking amongst themselves.
We walked through them to get a picture of us in front of this amazing symbol of our Rights. Not one person gave us a second look, much less shouted at us or had anything negative to say.
Well, wasn’t that surprising? Yes it sure was. We remarked to each other that “maybe the news reports have exaggerated a bit”? Its not to say there aren’t times it gets super passionate.
We sure expected it be super passionate because it was July 4th and Our President was speaking in a couple days on the steps of the Lincoln Monument.
We stayed in and around DC for 7 days and not once did we experience any of the political craziness that we expected.
So I say all that to say, “What an Amazing Experience!”We got to see and experience things that we’d only ever read about or seen on TV. I cannot adequately describe the amount of renewed Pride, I have for being an American!
Here are some pictures of our trip: