After taking advantage of the Memorial Day furniture sales to purchase a half-price couch, we decided to actually observe Memorial Day by heading over the DC war memorials. We trekked from Theodore Roosevelt Island to downtown DC in some pretty intense heat but it ended up being worth it. We attended a Memorial Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in honor of the more than 58,000 veterans who lost their lives to that war. Present were the families of 5 servicemen whose names had just been added to the wall. If you’ve never seen the wall, you really should; it’s easily one of the most powerful landmarks in DC and it never fails to give me chills.
We also walked over to the World War II Memorial where we met a veteran of World War II sitting on one of the benches and shook his hand, another incredibly powerful and touching moment that day. We were there right smack in the middle of the day so the light was harsh and did not make for great photos but here are a few anyway: