Saturday, March 21, 2009

An Edifying Excursion

Having just returned home from a vacation trip to Washington, D.C., I can confess that I am sufficiently exhausted enough to seemingly need another vacation. However, rest must wait until the school work that is soon due is completed. Nevertheless, the trip left me with a great deal to write about. Once present urgent demands have been satisfied, then I wish to take time to reflect on the various sights and sounds of the trip. It was an edifying excursion in that it not only re-acquainted me with a great deal of American history, but left much to ponder in terms of America's future.

For example (and each of these categories will likely require blogs of their own):

The moments visited on day 1 (Lincoln and Jefferson), or the World War II memorial or the Vietnam Wall. These had their own appeal, demanding meditation and sober reflection on the conflicts America has engaged in.

The museums and functions of state visited on day 2 - First we spent time viewing the U.S. Navy Memorial. I could have spent hours more here taking it all in, but time was restricted due to an appointment later in the day. Next we visited the National Museum of Natural History, leaving in time for our appointment with Congressman Ralph Hall. We were delayed in getting to his office by a president motorcade in which President Barak Obama passed by mere yards away. Accompanying Congressman Hall into the U.S. Capital to observe the House of Representatives conducting business.

Visiting Annapolis, Maryland on day 3, with its resident United States Naval Academy. After walking around the academy campus, and eating lunch at the Officer's Club, we browse the waterfront of Annapolis. The Chesapeake Bay is a beautiful area, and Annapolis, as a community, simply oozes with history.

Day 4 found the bulk of our time spent in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Time spent here left a great deal to meditate on concerning the depravity of mankind, and societal tendencies to duplicate the evils of Nazi Germany.

Day 5 left enough time before our flights home to visit Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport.

All in all, we probably saw too much. Such a pace does not leave room for calm meditation while standing or sitting on this environment. However, in the coming weeks, I will attempt to recall the impact each of these sites had on may and share them in the medium.

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