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Wordless Wednesday: Get your seafood

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Why are coins left on veterans’ graves?

Why are coins left on grave stones at Arlington National Cemetery? Particularly, the graves of Robert F. Kennedy and his brother Teddy plus World War II hero Audey Murphy. I thought it was something senseless the school kids did. Maybe … Continue reading

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Buffalo boys won’t you come out tonight

I have long heard about the bridge with buffalos and never realized how closely I walked by them. The bridge is just one block south of Sheridan Circle on Massachusetts Ave. N.W. The Dumbarton Bridge has four buffalos overlooking Rock … Continue reading

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The Geronimo marker, well sorta

Sometimes a really strange marker hits you when passing by. Wait, was that Geronimo surrendering in Arlington National cemetery? Well, yes it is, but the marker celebrates the person buried there who captured the Apache leader — George Crook. Located … Continue reading

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DuPont Circle in the summertime

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How to find your state at the World War II Memorial

The first thing tourists look for at the World War II Memorial isn’t the magnificent fountain, the stars that each represent 100 dead U.S. soldiers, bas relief art by the entrance or names of the battles. No, they want to … Continue reading

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Wandering along Embassy Row: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

My first walk along Embassy Row found a new statue since my last stroll. is in front of the Republic of Turkey embassy’s official residence. “The Father of Turks” was a World War I military officer who later served as … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Phillips Collection

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Motherland hugs the American Red Cross

In appreciation of U.S. aid to Armenian earthquake victims, sculptor Friedrich Sogoyan created an oversized mother hugging her child based upon a woman who survived several days in the rubble with her child. The Dec. 7, 1988 earthquake killed more … Continue reading

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Air Force Memorial rises above Washington

  It lies between Arlington National Cemetery, Navy Annex and the Pentagon, but the Air Force Memorial can be seen many places around town. Indeed, you can also see much of Washington from the memorial. Built in 2006 to remember … Continue reading

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Kilroy was here

He was the best known image of the American GI during World War II even if everybody claimed his name. “Kilroy was here” was a popular phrase accompanied by a drawing of a bald man looking over a wall that … Continue reading

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Tuskegee Airmen remembered with sugar maple tree

They were the best escort airmen in World War II and today the Tuskegee Airmen are remembered at Arlington National Cemetery with a sugar maple tree near the Tomb of the Unknowns. Arlington’s grounds are beautiful, especially this time of … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Another stroll through Georgetown

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Life and death at the Vietnam Wall

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Every day is Memorial Day at the Vietnam Wall

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Anton Hilberath: The German soldier in Arlington National Cemetery

  Anton Hilberath is an enigma surrounded by children. Hilberath’s the only German soldier from World War II buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The First Sergeant of the Wehrmacht was among 830 German prisoners of war that died in the … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: World War II Memorial

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Alfaro: the Old Warrior of Ecuador

In the row of bronze busts outside the Organization of American States along Constitution Ave. is Eloy Alfaro, the former president of Ecuador whose full name was José Eloy Alfaro Delgado. Alfaro (1842 –1912) was the president from 1895 to … Continue reading

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Sky Landscape is for the 99 percenters

For everyone who was told they’re not good enough, those who spent years trying to make it, that sacrificed everything for their dream — Sky Landscape is for you. Louise Nevelson struggled for many years after arriving from Kiev, Russia. … Continue reading

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Under the spreading Lincoln oak tree

An old stump is all that’s left of one of the older trees ever around Washington. The Lincoln Oak, named for president Abraham Lincoln meeting under its expansive branches with local military leaders during the Civil War, was destroyed by … Continue reading

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