One of the things I enjoyed on last month’s trip to DC (as well as the same trip 2 years ago with another daughter) was a lot of the new-to-me Washington DC memorials.
There’s the guide talking to the kids, with the Vietnam Memorial wall in the background. I had never seen it, and it was really touching to walk along it, seeing the thousands of names, and also memorabilia people left there.
The strips between the lines of soldiers were to represent the treacherous fighting terrain of Korea. Whether or not the chin straps of the helmets were fastened indicated whether the soldier represented a marine or an army member.
The World War II Memorial had a neat kiosk out front where you could look up a family member who served, and if they weren’t there, you could go home and enter their information online. I did that last time, and this time when I checked – my grandpa was there!