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Sewall-Belmont House and Museum continues its cause

  Amid the famous buildings of Capitol Hill sits a small brick house with two centuries of history. The Sewall-Belmont House on the corner of Second St. and Constitution Ave. NE has been associated with our political leaders since the … Continue reading

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Remembering the unknown dead of the War of 1812

So much attention is given the Tomb of the Unknowns, but there are actually more than 400 unknowns buried throughout Arlington National Cemetery. Fourteen soldiers and sailors from the War of 1812 are buried together in Section 1 not far … Continue reading

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U.S. meets Canada at Tomb of the Unknowns

I took a group to the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Monday. Just another day until crossing over from the Kennedy graves to find a howitzer blocking our path between the Crook stairs. I’ve … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Jane (magnolias)

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Cherry blossoms were in the pink

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Cherry blossoms mark spring’s opener

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It’s a regular Tool De Force

  It looks like odd tools in my collection, and it is. Tool De Force is a 12 1/2-foot sculpture at the National Building Museum representing some of the tools used in the industry. It was donated to NBM by … Continue reading

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RFK, Griffith and Marshall fill stadium entrance

RFK Stadium is known for its games, concerts and events, but the statues in front are altogether missed by many too busy to get inside or in too much of a hurry to beat the crowd afterwards. The stadium was … Continue reading

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Cherry blossoms at Nationals Park

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Native Washingtonian: Cherry blossoms beyond Tidal Basin

They’re coming, and I’m not just talking about the cherry blossoms. More than 1 million people will crowd around the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms with the peak expected to be later this year around April 11. (This … Continue reading

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Remembering Jane Delano, founder of American Red Cross nurses

Jane Delano loved nursing so much that on her deathbed in France while inspecting hospitals during World War I, her last words were, “What about my work, I must get back to my work.” Born on March 12, 1862 near … Continue reading

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National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is must see

It has probably been 40 years since I last saw the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and it wasn’t even completed then. A recent visit showed I’ve been away too long. The Shrine on the outer … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Compassion in Arlington

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Washington, D.C. flag dates back to English battle

Sometimes you learn things from the craziest places, but one of my favorites is the Sunday comics. Flashbacks by Patrick M. Reynolds explains how traditions, names and general lore so simply anyone can learn. Which brings me to my favorite … Continue reading

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Cuban Friendship Urn – we’re friends again

Now that the U.S. is ready to restore relations with Cuba after a half century of the Cold War, the Cuban Friendship Urn reminds us of a time when we were friends. Actually, U.S.-Cuban relations are a little complicated. The … Continue reading

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Supreme Court: The Guardian of Liberty

On the eastern side (facing away from National Mall) of the Supreme Court is the Guardian of Liberty pediment. I only managed to capture part of the 18 by 60 foot scene because of sun problems. Moses and his tablets … Continue reading

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Joseph Darlington fountain makes you sneak a peak

Occasionally, statues make me feel like a voyeur. Why is that man or boy naked I’m sometimes asked. It happens all too often say at the Boy Scout or Von Steuben statues near the White House. I say I don’t … Continue reading

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7 names to be added to Vietnam Wall

The names of seven Army personnel that died during the Vietnam War will be added to the Vietnam Wall on Mother’s Day – May 10, 2015. Full Name Date of Birth Date of Death Home of Record State Branch of … Continue reading

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Pan American 103 marker at Arlington National Cemetery

  With Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi killed, American will remember the tyrant for his backing of terrorists who blew up Pan American Flight 103 in 1988. A monument to the 270 killed from 22 countries, including 15 U.S. active duty … Continue reading

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The Torch of Freedom still shines brightly

It’s not often one monument can essentially tell the history of the U.S., but the Torch of Freedom gives 12 scenes from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam. Located in front of the Veterans of Foreign Wars building at Constitution Ave. … Continue reading

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