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Barred photo sites around Washington

Washington is the seventh most photographed city in the world, but some buildings and inside exhibits are barred. The most prominent no-no is the Pentagon because it is a military installation. There are big signs on the perimeter that say … Continue reading

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The man behind the grave marker

It’s not often you see who’s lying underground, but former U.S. Secretary of War William Worth Belknap’s image adorns a large bronze medallion on his marker at Arlington National Cemetery that’s worth a look. Located near the Pan Am 103 … Continue reading

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Marker gives a new meaning to ‘Anchors away’

Navy commodore George Francis Cutter and his wife Mary Louisa Cutter rest in the rear of Arlington National Cemetery. The Section 1 memorial has an anchor atop a rocky memorial. It’s one of the more unusual markers in the cemetery … Continue reading

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Women In Military Service For America Memorial

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On the edge of Arlington National: Medgar Evers

I like to wander the edges of Arlington National Cemetery, by forgotten graves far from the hordes of visitors who don’t stray far from the Kennedy flame and Tomb of the Unknowns. It’s peaceful, feeling like a cemetery instead of … Continue reading

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3 Iwo Jima flag raisers buried at Arlington National Cemetery

  Battle of Iwo Jima Seventy years have passed since five Marines and a Navy corpsman lifted a flag into the volcanic ash to inspire Americans into one last push to defeat the Japanese and end World War II. And … Continue reading

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Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of Remembrance

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San Martin rides tall among Latin American memorials

  When researching the story of Gen. Jose de San Martin, it sounded so much like the nearby statue of Gen. Simon Bolivar that I had to double check I was looking at the latter. No wonder their statues are … Continue reading

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The grave in the tree at Arlington National Cemetery

The grave has almost been lost to a tree Michael Burns’ grave in the rear of Arlington National Cemetery has a very large oak nearly swallowing the Civil War infantryman’s site. The standard stone marker is right next to the … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Bladensburg-D.C. boundary marker at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery

Long before it was a staging area for Civil War troops met by president Abe Lincoln or where blood was shed during the Battle of 1812 as British troops marched into Washington or even when it became a cemetery, Fort … Continue reading

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The Chilean poet who became his own pen name

Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto wasn’t the first writer to use a pen name. But, not many make it their legal name. The Chilean poet who became a diplomat and politician named himself after Czech poet Jan Neruda in becoming Pablo … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Jefferson Memorial

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Something different to visit for locals and tourists alike

It’s a common question from both tourists and friends – what’s something different to see in town? It’s a question I find as wide open as the ocean and as difficult to cross. A few questions come first by me. … Continue reading

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Russian markers in Rock Creek Cemetery

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Wordless Wednesday: Light of a courthouse

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My declaration of war: End the madness

Dear Politicians – we don’t need yours thoughts and prayers and excuses because they accomplish nothing. When someone walked into Sandy Hook Elementary and slaughtered children or even shot politicians on a baseball field and yet nothing was done, then … Continue reading

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George & Martha Washington with grandkids at Mount Vernon

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The Maine Lobsterman along the waterfront

There are no lobsters in Washington aside the ones in restaurants. Plenty of crabs from nearby Maryland, but the seven-foot statue on Sixth and Water Sts. SW along the waterfront shows a Maine waterman “pegging” lobsters by tying their claws. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Church of the Epiphany

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