I’m just back from a one-week trip to Washington, D.C. For me, it was a chance to revisit K Street and the Capitol where I worked in the 1970s and ’80s, as well as to drive by my old neighborhood where we lived in Fairfax Station, Va.
If you haven’t been to Washington or taken your kids there, it’s a fun, educational and memorable trip. Repeat trips as mine always add new visions, with ever-changing venues at the Smithsonian to restorations at the National Cathedral, the Washington Monument and the Capitol building itself.
This was my first look at the Korean War Veterans Memorial. As an Army veteran who served in Korea after the war, I took special interest in the realistic figures “moving” across the lawn. The memorial, designed by American sculptor Frank Gaylord, honors those who sacrificed during the three years of conflict.
For the early evening visit, I had the company of my grandson Jordan Nally, an Amador Valley High graduate who is working this summer during a college break as a Capitol Hill intern for Idaho Congressman Raúl Labrador. He’s immersed in Washington highlights and described the details of Gaylord’s stainless-steel images as we circled the platoon.
The first soldier, stone-faced with his helmet unbuckled (see photo), leads his squadron forward. Behind is a square-faced soldier, looking apprehensively off to the side as he watches for snipers. His partner holds a giant-sized phone with a rifle at his right side.
Behind these two, a soldier wears a heavy Russian-styled hat to protect from the cold. Another looks back, shouting and pointing his rifle at something to the side. Even so, another soldier appears disinterested, staring off to…
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