Pentagon Memorial- breathtaking.
|You can see the color difference in the side of the Pentagon from the renovation where the plane crashed|
Being in DC makes you appreciate how much our country honors and memorializes historic events and people. It can be really overwhelming at times to take it all in and fully grasp what people have sacrificed for our country. After many conversations with Cory about his experiences in Afghanistan, I have never felt so ridiculously fortunate to live in America yet so damn scared of what is going on around the world and what our military is facing every day. Ignorance may be bliss when it comes to knowing what he went through. I will thank God for everyday he is safe in the US and pray situations change before he is ordered to go back. Enough about all that- I could go on for days but it’s insanely depressing to think about. However one thing I realized after hearing stories, talking to his friends, and understanding his role—the Marine Corps has an outstanding marine in my brother. His respect for his country, for fellow man, for traditions and rules is unwavering 100% of the time, not just when he is in uniform.
"At Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue." - Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, US Navy
We got to see where Cory works, where he did his officer training, and even where him and Alicia do crossfit….it’s called the BOX for all you crossfit junkies. I entertained the idea of starting crossfit post- baby but after watching them complete a workout I have decided it might not be for me…it is hard core. Maybe once I regain an inkling of abdominal strength I will gain more confidence but as of now, it just looked painful. I think I may set my sites on the 2014 Disney Princess ½ Marathon instead…. I hear it’s a lot of fun and a great excuse to take the family to Disney since we will be missing the family Disney trip in a few weeks.
|Thumbs Up with Nixon at the Wax Museum. That was a pretty impressive place- cool to see all the presidents and how short/tall they actually were.|
|This is us at George Washington's boyhood home/farm in Fredericksburg. Wonder where the cherry tree was...|
Korean War Memorial
"The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight." -Major General Frank E. Lowe, US Army
|Me and Mom at Jefferson Memorial|
|The cold family in front of the Capitol|
|Dad with his Favorite President!|
It was an amazing trip packed with so many laughs. Like I said earlier I am so unbelievably grateful Cory made it back safely but please pray for the ones still over there and pray for our nation that we can figure out how to bring everyone home peacefully...and hopefully soon!