Thursday, May 25, 2017

Our Military Heroes!


By Debby Giusti

The upcoming Memorial Day weekend dovetails perfectly with the recent trip my husband and I took to Northern Virginia to visit our son and his family. Joseph recently retired from the military and completed his Masters of Science Degree in cyber security. The graduation was held May 13. The University of Maryland campus is beautiful, and the whole day was so special.
 
Congrats, Joe, on your 4.0!
Sunday, we celebrated Mother’s Day, and Monday, my husband--also retired military--and I drove to Arlington National Cemetery where my parents are buried. Their gravesite overlooks the Pentagon where my father worked when I was a child.



On each trip to the cemetery, we always stop at the Tomb of the Unknowns for the changing of the guard, which occurs on the half-hour. The remains of service members from World War I and II, as well as the Korean War and Vietnam are buried at the site. The inscription on the central, white marble sarcophagus reads, Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”





Arlington Cemetery was established in 1864 on the grounds of Robert E. Lee’s estate and covers 624 acres with approximately 400,000 gravesites. Visiting the cemetery is always poignant and a powerful reminder of the valiant men of women who have sacrificed so much for our country so we can remain “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

God bless our military heroes and God bless the USA!


Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend,
Debby Giusti



AMISH REFUGE
By Debby Giusti

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

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26 comments:

  1. A few years ago we took our girls to Arlington on a trip to D.C. Of everything they saw that week, they still talk about how the most meaningful thing to them was seeing the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. I have read that there will be no more unknowns due to DNA technology. Thanks for sharing your photos and thanks for your family's past and continuing service to our nation.

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    1. Arlington Cemetery in one of my favorite spots as well. This time we happened upon Audie Murphy's grave, also a monument to honor all who died at the Battle of the Bulge and one to remember the Challenger astronauts.

      The remains of the soldier representing Vietnam has been identified.

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  2. Debby, it sounds like a very moving trip. Thanks for sharing this very fitting post for the upcoming Memorial Day. We never want to forget to thank those who have given so much. And may God continue to bless the USA.

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    1. I'm so glad we could visit. I placed a bouquet of roses on my mother's grave. As I did the president's helicopter flew right over us. So much goes on in the DC area...plus the history makes it such a special place.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your trip with us, Debby. I was moved by the photos from Arlington. Remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

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    1. Often we go on the weekend when so many people are there to watch the changing of the guard. This time we went on a Monday and it was much less crowded so we could get close to take our pictures.

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  4. Congratulations to your son and thank you for sharing your wonderful trip and tribute pictures.

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  5. Debby, thanks so much for sharing your trip and the special places you visited. Congratulations to your son on his accomplishment.

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  6. Congratulations to your son. Cyber security is so needed today. Thanks to our soldiers and veterans. You are appreciated.

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  7. God bless you and your family, Debby. Our career military and their families truly are the finest among us.

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  8. It's always a very somber and humbling experiencing to walk through Arlington Cemetery.

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    1. There's always a sense of reverence at Arlington. Hallowed ground, for sure.

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  9. Arlington Cemetery is always a moving experience. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Debby, what a moving post. I am so thankful for our military. Today more than ever! Please give your husband and son a hug from me!

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  11. Thanks for sharing about your trip, Debby. I've never been to Arlington cemetery but would love to go. Very moving post in light of Memorial Day.

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    1. Virginia, I hope you get to visit one day. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

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  12. Well said, Debby! God bless our military. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Like you, I'm so grateful for our military.

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  13. I enjoyed your post! Thank you for your family's service! :D

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    1. Sabrina, thanks for your comment. So good to see you here!

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