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Lee Marvin – The famous neighbor was a Hollywood legend

The eyes always go to the adjacent grave. Heavyweight champion Joe Louis. Big marker, big name, hard to miss. But to Louis’ left is a simple white stone marker containing another legend – actor Lee Marvin. Yes, it’s the famous … Continue reading

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St. Mary’s Church in Southern Maryland

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The Hiker welcomes you to Arlington National

The memorials start long before entering the gates of Arlington National Cemetery. Just after leaving the Memorial Bridge is “The Hiker.” World War II soldiers were called G.I. Joes and World War I predecessors were Doughboys. The Spanish-American War fighters … Continue reading

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St. Mary’s City church

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Where you going?

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Happy Labor Day

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Three-Piece Reclining Figure at Hirshhorn

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Two-Way Mirror at Hirshhorn

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New Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden

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RFK’s still hanging in there

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Always love a good fountain

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5 Questions with Washington biographer John Berlau

George Washington was more than our first president and leader of the Revolutionary War. He also became the nation’s richest man as a farmer and entrepreneur. John Berlau’s new book “George Washington, Entrepreneur” (St. Martin) takes a rare look at … Continue reading

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Charlie Wilson’s War

I recently watched “Charlie Wilson’s War,” a 2007 movie starring Tom Hanks on U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson’s support of Afghan mujahideen during the Soviet–Afghan War in the 1980s. The movie grossed $119 million worldwide, which is a pretty respectable number. … Continue reading

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Taft, Harding and Robert Lincoln at Lincoln Memorial dedication

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Alfaro: 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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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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Summertime, summertime

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Brookside Gardens markers remember sniper victims

I’d never been to Brookside Gardens until recently. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced me to find new places to visit away from the city and the free park adjacent to Wheaton Regional Park is a fine place to walk around … Continue reading

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Remember the sniper’s victims

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Sunset over the cemetery

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