Tag: Military

Washington DC, 7-28-2015 - 5 - Army of the Republic Memorial

Grand Army of the Republic Memorial

About Grand Army of the Republic Memorial The Grand Army of the Republic was the first veteran’s organization in the United States.  It was founded by Dr. Benjamin Stephenson and made up of nearly half a million men. The fraternal organization provided assistance to disabled veterans, widows, and orphans.  It was composed of veterans of

Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, 7-27-2015 - 4

Air Force Memorial Arlington VA

Air Force Memorial Arlington VA On our way to the Pentagon from the Iwo Jima Memorial, my son and I saw these three pillars sticking out of the trees into the sky.  I couldn’t help but wonder what they are, I think I even pointed them out to him saying the same. Then I saw

Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, 7-25-2015 - 11

Iwo Jima Memorial DC

Iwo Jima Memorial DC The Iwo Jima Memorial wasn’t on our Roadtrippers itinerary either, but it was a sentimental stop that I wanted to make with my son, for a few reasons. My brother was going to join the Marine Corps when I was a teenager.  But he was born deaf in one ear, so

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, 7-27-2015 - 0

Arlington National Cemetery VA

Arlington National Cemetery VA Arlington National Cemetery wasn’t on our Roadtrippers itinerary at all, but my son had never been here so it was a must do. Cemeteries aren’t really his cup of tea.  But, being a military brat, it was important to take him there and show him the sacrifices made for our freedom.

Arlington House, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, 7-27-2015 - 24

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington House

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington House Believe it or not, this wasn’t on our Roadtrippers itinerary at all.  Arlington National Cemetery wasn’t on our itinerary at all, but only because it was my first time using the software and I wasn’t familiar with how to use it. We obviously needed to visit the cemetery while

Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, Maryland, 7-26-2015 - 4

Antietam National Cemetery

Antietam National Cemetery Antietam National Cemetery served as our final stop of the Antietam Battlefield tour.  Like the Gettysburg and Antietam Battlefields, it wasn’t on our Roadtrippers itinerary at all.  We hadn’t intended to stop in and visit this cemetery, but we saw it on the drive back toward Arlington and decided to stop in

Antietam Battlefied, Sharpsburg, Maryland, 7-26-2015 - 48

Antietam National Battlefield Tours

Antietam National Battlefield Tours Antietam National Battlefield tours are a fantastic way to reflect on the sacrifices made during our Nation’s greatest struggle.  My son had just recently learned about the bloodiest one-day battle in U.S. military history and when we saw that the Antietam Battlefield wasn’t too far from Washington D.C., we knew right

Gettysburg National Battlefield

Gettysburg National Battlefield After walking through the Gettysburg National Battlefield Visitors Center & Museum for a couple of hours, we set out to do the audio tour in our car. The audio tour was fairly inexpensive.  I purchased it in the visitor’s center.  The book I bought was about the history of Gettysburg and then

Gettysburg National Battlefields Visitors Center

Gettysburg National Battlefield Visitors Center & Museum

Gettysburg National Battlefield Visitors Center Our first trip to Washington DC started several hours earlier than expected and resulted in me driving for close to 12 hours straight.  We had two stops on day two of our trip but it was another long day of driving.  We ended up arriving at our hotel in Arlington,

USS Alabama Battleship

USS Alabama Battleship

USS Alabama Battleship This was the big surprise that my bestie and I planned for my son.  My son is a history buff and a military brat.  He loves military vehicles, museums, anything World War II (WWII), etc.  This ship was used in WWII and now sits in the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile, Alabama…

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