The Start Of A Weekend Like No Other In Washington, DC

Members of the Rolling Thunders begin to make their presence felt in the city.
A sea of American flags lies between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
A sea of American flags lies between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
For at least one weekend a year, bureaucrat suits give way to a more relaxed American attire.
For at least one weekend a year, bureaucrat suits give way to a more relaxed American attire.

There is perhaps no better place to be in America during Memorial Day that in Washington, DC where a grateful nation pays tribute to so many fallen heroes in such a honorable way. The annual pilgrimage is really something to see. What are otherwise empty streets on weekends are now overwhelmed with the rumbling sounds of motorcycles and visitors making their way to the countless ceremonies taking place at memorials all over town. They come from just about every part of the country with a sense of pride and patriotism that you only wish you could bottle it and sell it to those who could use a little dosage of both. But what I like above all is that these are ordinary Americans, the ones who have built a great nation through personal sacrifice and ingenuity. Even better, their yearly arrival at the capital they own happens to coincide with the hasty exodus by professional politicians from the city, as well as local elites going into lockdown at their pricey downtown condos (God forbid that they had to mingle with “them” people). Am I digging this? Maybe a little. But it sure is nice to know that a great nation full of incredible folks stills exists beyond the walls of Minas Tirith.

Lets We Forget

Very few places in Washington, DC are as solemn as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
Very few places in Washington, DC are as solemn as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
As Memorial Day approaches, families and friends descend to Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respect.  Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
As Memorial Day approaches, families and friends descend to Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respect. Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
Everywhere you turn at our National Cemetery, there will be scenes that tear at your heart.  Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
Everywhere you turn at our National Cemetery, there will be scenes that tear at your heart. Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
A family pays a quiet musical tribute to a fallen hero.  Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.
A family pays a quiet musical tribute to a fallen hero. Leica M9, APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH.

“The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat The soldier’s last tattoo; No more on Life’s parade shall meet The brave and fallen few. On Fame’s eternal camping-ground Their silent tents are spread, And Glory guards, with solemn round The bivouac of the dead.” ¬†Theodore O’Hara.