|Arlington National Cemetery|
We owe you more than words can express.
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia (pictured left).
The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns (shown below).
|Laying of the Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns|
The Veterans Day ceremony continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is held each year to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.
Each year for 17 years, my husband took his middle school students back to Washington D.C. and New York. A few years after his final trip, our daughter went on a similar trip with her eighth grade class. These photos capture just a few of the monuments and historical sites they visited: Arlington Cemetery, The Tomb of the Unknowns, The World War II Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
|World War II Memorial Washington D.C.|
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall was also a very moving experience. The wall chronologically lists the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country. Many people take rubbings of their relative's name as a keepsake of their visit to the wall.
The photo below captures one student's well-written tribute to his fallen uncle:
"Dear Uncle John, Thank you for risking your life to keep mine safe. I know it must have been scary to run into tunnels five feet high and flooded with Vietnamese soldiers. It must have been hard knowing that you might not come back. you must have had real courage to do that. Thank Uncle John. Thank you all the veterans who fought for this country's freedom."Read more about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: http://www.nps.gov/vive/index.htm
|Vietnam Veterans Memorial|
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