I had the opportunity to play tourist in a cold (and occasionally icy and snowy) Washington, DC.
I try to visit Arlington Cemetery as much as possible; my uncle Richie (West Point class of 1957) is buried there (this image from a previous visit). The partially hidden text reads “Not my will but Thine be done.” The epitaph is true, perhaps not enough so. He was a very humble man.
The Changing of the Guard is also something that I try to take in. To me, it is a very moving ceremony. So simple, yet profound. It speaks to the highest of human qualities: selflessness, dignity, honor, service. And yes, love.
There is so much power in the scene – the precision and dedication of the guard, the worn areas of the runner reflecting hours of service in all kinds of weather.
In addition to my uncle, my son also served as active duty Marine (now in the reserves); I’m proud to be from a family with members that embrace those very qualities.