Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Price of Freedom

More Photos from Arlington

There are, on average, 27 funeral each day at Arlington. This is a photo of the Caisson platoon
of the 3d United States Infantry "The Old Guard". Caissons were originally used to carry
cannons, they are used at Arlington to carry the casket. We were all wondering why three of
the horses were riderless, so I had to do some research. This is a tradition which began in
the early horse-drawn artillery days when one horse of each team was mounted while the
other carried provisions and feed.

Graves of my Great-great grandparents. Now husbands and wives are buried together with the husband listed on the front of the tombstone and the wife on the back

Tomb of the Unknowns

Mast of the USS Maine

The Women in the Military Memorial

My grandmother was in the military, and she and my grandfather are actually in the picture that was taken when the memorial first opened. They have a copy of it in their house and it used to be a "where's Waldo" kind of game to the grandkids! Plus we won 5 dollars if we could find them!

Iwo Jima Memorial

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dinner Out

Our first night in DC we had dinner with one of my mom's friends from high school, who we haven't seen in over 10 years! It was awesome to see Rainey again and to meet her husband.

Mom and Rainey

Rainey and her husband Bob

Bryant feelin' good after his steak and potato dinner!
He was already tired of me feeding him grapes and granola bars!

Service at Arlington National Cemetery

Here are some pictures from the funeral of my Great-grand parents, Arthur and Aline Murphy, at Arlington National Cemetery. Sorry there are so many, there were just so many beautiful moments that I wanted to share.

Cemetery with Washington Monument in the Background

My Grandfather and his kids

Some of the great-grand kids. Doesn't my brother look handsome in his uniform!

21 gun salute


I was amazed at the ceremony that goes into unfolding and folding the flag

Presenting the flag to my great-aunt Peggy

Presenting the shells from the 21 gun salute

My mom, the oldest grandchild, laying flowers after the service

Temporary grave marker, the gravestone will be installed in about 3 months

A Bald Eagle flew by the hotel where we were having lunch. So cool!

The whole family

More pics coming soon...hopefully tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Teaser Tuesday!

So we've been busy busy getting ready for our trip to D.C. My Great-grandparents are being buried at Arlington. So here's a little taste of the posts you get to enjoy after we get back. Of course we'll take tons of pictures of our trip, and I'll post some of those too!

Teaser #1 - Making a healthy meal, only 205 calories!

Teaser #2 - wonder what I can make with these?

Teaser #3 - I'll let you guess what these are....

Hope everyone has a great week and weekend! Lovies~