Tuesday, April 01, 2008

DC and Dinner.

On Sunday after a great breakfast with our new friends the Cragwalls, and a good service at church, we headed South to DC!

Our top priority was to see Arlington National Cemetery and then head to Kitty and Doug's (Gavin's in-laws) for Sunday dinner!

While we barely touched the surface of DC we knew we had to see Arlington. A bonus of our trip was that all the cherry blossoms were in bloom throughout the city! Beautiful!

Below this is Matthew's Battalion (or some other grouping, forgive the fact that without him here I don't know the correct word) within the 101st Airborne Division. We saw the monument to the 101st as we were walking in and Matthew was so excited!

The Monument. The Eagle you see is named Old Abe :)

You may recognize this symbol- it is the Airborne Wings
and it signifies that you know how to jump out of airplanes!

The cemetery is so beautiful in a surprising way. Also very... impressive.

A view from the Lee Mansion.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A monument for the 3rd Infantry Division. This is the Division where Matthew's friend Mark is (he is currently on his 3rd deployment I think), and our friend
Wes will be heading there when BOLC III ends.

I thought this was beautiful.

This is the most recent Medal of Honor winner who was awarded the medal posthumously a year or so ago. Matt was very excited that we happened by it.

Kitty and Doug live in Arlington so they came and picked us up. We had dinner with Doug's kids and it was a great evening. To top it off there was another KU fan there so we were able to have the game on and see Kansas (barely) win! Here we come final four!

After dinner Kitty took us back to the subway and drove us by all the monuments and blossoming trees at night. It was beautiful!

Of course the shots didn't come out too well from the car, but it made us look forward to a time when we can plan a trip and stay in DC and enjoy it at night too!

It was a great end to the weekend!


Whitney said...

I wish I could have seen the cherry blossoms. We liked Arlington too. Dad has some creepy stories about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. And for the love of all that is Holy why did the Jayhawks have to make that game so close! AUGH!

Allison & Noah Riley said...

Oh, it makes me miss that beautiful city (and Arlington?! That's where I lived!). Although I'm always a little bummed I didn't go in the spring. I would LOVE to see the cherry blossoms!

Glad you two had a fun trip. I love that you're soaking up every opportunity while you're there!