Today I was supposed to take a laser-cutting class as my new activity for the month. But I arrived late, they had started, and I could not join. It has been rescheduled. But what does one do when it is the last day of the month and you have to get your new activity/adventure in before the clock strikes midnight?
The nearby Air Force Memorial, which I had never been to.
Technically, it may not count as my adventure by the rules I had set, as I am supposed to do new types of activities. I have been to many memorials before. After all, I live in Washington DC, the cut white marble and granite capital of the U.S. But technically, this memorial is across the river in Virginia – ha! A loophole.
Still – I promise to do two new types of activities next month.
There is not much to describe about the memorial. The pictures mostly say it all. But I did want to point out the view. And that what one thinks is snow-covered ground – are actually the fields of tombstones in the Arlington National Cemetery. It is a shock when one realizes that.
The metal spires of the memorial are extremely beautiful as you can tell. I am not a fan of the bronze cast soldiers, and I thought the quotes chosen to be emblazoned in the granite could have been better. But all in all it is a thought-provoking monument.
Unfortunately, it seems the creators expect more thoughts, potentially due to more wars, will be written down in the future as well, in these three blank granite plaques.