The Greatest Generation: Their National Memorial is a Most Sacred Place.

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National World War II Memorial

The last time we were in Washington, The National World War II Memorial wasn't here. It didn't open until 2004. But anything having to do with our greatest generation, that generation of my father, is a most special place to me. Growing up as an Army brat, I know a bit about things military. Someday perhaps something lengthy, maybe a book, will come out of it all, but for now, I thought you might appreciate some of the pictures we took while we were there amid the veterans gathering in Washington for Veterans Day.

The National World War Ii Memorial

The Memorial is divided into two sections, each flanked by the pillars seen here, one for each of our United States.

The National World War II Memorial

Our father, who's a retired U.S. Army Infantry Colonel and is very much still with us, entered the war post D-Day. His first battle was in the Huertgen Forest. He also fought in the Bulge and crossed the Remagen Bridge that night while it was still standing. When we lived in Paris in the late '50s, my Dad took Gary and me through Germany on the same path that he took in the war. We literally stood between the spires where the Remagen Bridge once towered. And we also got to stand atop a pill box his company destroyed on the Siegfried Line.

The National World War II Memorial

Here's a shot that my son Chuck took that we particularly liked, that of a Veteran standing solo, taking in the side of the Memorial devoted to the Pacific theater. God bless them all.

The National World War II Memorial

It was amazing to watch Veterans at the Memorial read this. They just stood, silently, reverently, and stared. Admiral Nimitz, like the rest of those departed, are still very much with us all.

The National World War II Memorial

The visual here is stunning. That's the Lincoln Memorial in the distance, and behind us towers the Washington Monument.

The National World War II Memorial

My son shot this with a telephoto lens that puts the visual here into a nice perspective. There will be a day when our greatest generation is gone, and it is one none of us ever wishes would come. It makes perfect sense to us that our fathers efforts will forever be memorialized in between those of Linclon and Washington, with that of Thomas Jefferson standing alone, perhaps as it should be, not that far away.

The National World War II Memorial

(LAKE TAHOE REAL ESTATE BLOG) It was special for me to have been brought here by my son Chuck. That's love and family you see standing here. And we wish Dad could have been here too, but he is recovering from recent eye surgery. All four generations in my family are meeting here in Lake Tahoe in January. And you can look forward to my indulgences here with photographs and a few captions from that.

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Bryant Tutas
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Very nice tribute Richard. I have nothing but admiration for our military guys and gals, past and present. here's a picture of our boys you may like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They look just like their Mom

 

Nov 16, 2007 05:23 PM #1
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Chris Griffith
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Stellar post. 

psst. teensie dead red x on the page.

Nov 16, 2007 05:25 PM #2
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Ann Cummings
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BEAUTIFUL pictures of that wonderful Memorial!  I love the angles you took.  I was fortunate enough to have been in DC at the Memorial just a couple of days before the official dedication.  It was very moving to tour that Memorial, to read what each part of it signified.  I was there with a REALTOR friend of mine who had fought in WWII and another friend of mine who's dad had fought in WWII.  There were a lot of Veterans around us, and it was very interesting to hear of them as they discovered a new part of this Memorial.

I grew up as an Air Force brat. My dad is a retired USAF Colonel, and I have immense respect for all our military.  We owe so much to every one of them - past, present, and future.

Beautiful tribute to all those folks, both the Memorial and this post.
Ann

Nov 16, 2007 05:27 PM #3
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Gary Bolen
McCall Realty - South Lake Tahoe, CA
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BB - those photos are too cool. Thanks much for sharing them

Chris - Donno where red x is. Can you tell me? I looked and couldn't see it..maybe to it.

Ann - Thanks much for the kind words. It was overcast, late in the day, but what we got seemed to work for this. 

Nov 16, 2007 05:35 PM #4
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Missy Caulk
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Gary, thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures and the inscriptions on the memorials. It is awesome.
Nov 16, 2007 05:38 PM #5
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...And those pics...

Are the property of...TLW...ROAR! :)

No hijacking them people :)

Great post Sir. I am allowed to say that? LOL.

TLW...ROAR!

Nov 16, 2007 05:51 PM #6
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Cindy Jones
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Gary-Thanks for sharing your journey to the WWII Memorial.  As someone who holds the military close in my prayers I'm glad your family was able to enjoy Veteran's Day in DC.
Nov 16, 2007 06:08 PM #7
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Faina Sechzer
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Gary -such wonderful photos. My dad fought in WWII when he was 16. It's is so important to remember the veterans and those who payed for our life with theirs. Thanks.
Nov 16, 2007 06:27 PM #8
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Konnie Mac McCarthy
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I am embarrassed to say I live in the D.C. area and have never been to this memorial....It's gorgeous....we are going to make it a point to check it in the Spring...
Nov 16, 2007 06:37 PM #9
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Leigh Bates
Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate - Flower Mound, TX
The Trinity Group
Thanks for sharing. In all my travels, I have never been to DC - but can't wait to go one day. The emotion I see and hear from my grandfather who served during WWII brings me to tears. He has such passion about his country that I am so proud to see.
Nov 16, 2007 07:48 PM #10
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Eric Blum
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Wow.  I need to go visit.  I get chills when I think of what our veterans had to face in both combat theatres.  My uncle told me stories about his experiences.  It's a shame we are losing so many WWII vets...I heard something like 70 a day? Their stories are truly inspirational.

Thanks for sharing!

Nov 16, 2007 08:26 PM #11
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Eric Blum
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Sorry, a news report just said we are losing WWII vets at a rate of 1000 a day!
Nov 16, 2007 09:46 PM #12
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Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
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Beautiful photos Richard.  What a great way to spend vacation and share these beautiful moments with your family. 
Nov 17, 2007 12:28 AM #13
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Neal Bloom
Keller Williams Properties, Weston FL - Weston, FL
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I was there years ago...nice place to visit and get a real grip on what is all about. You can feel it in the air.
Nov 17, 2007 06:32 AM #14
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Chris Lengquist
Keller Williams Realty - Olathe, KS

Washington DC's mall will take your breath away.  When I lived there and was feeling down I would just visit Lincoln's Memorial in the middle of the night.  As I sat there, just me and Abe, I woud read his words, know his intentions and understand the troubles he faced.  My problems would sort of fade away.  And then I would look towards the Washington Monument and see Capitol Hill in the background. 

All Americans should experience that.  Not in the daytime when the throngs are wrestling for position.  Make time at 3:00 am to be there.  It's perfectly safe...and peaceful.

Nov 21, 2007 09:26 PM #15
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Karen Rice
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Thank you so much for this blog.  This was very moving and the pictures are beautful.
Dec 02, 2007 03:58 PM #16
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