So, the time of year of traditions has arrived, and we welcomed the season in a big way yesterday. As I previously mentioned, we started our Saturday morning off bright and early and headed down to Arlington to do the annual wreath laying. This year, we brought my sister/brother in law, Linds and Kevin, so it was great to have more people! We also had my uncle Mike’s side of the family join us, so we were quite the crowd.
We all gathered at Ft. Myer and made our way into the cemetery on foot where we found the first 18-wheeler filled with wreaths. The driver who had driven the truck all the way from Maine was incredibly nice, and my aunt got to talking with him and we learned that he lost his son who was serving in Iraq in 2006. He said it was an honor to be able to drive a truck in memory of his son and it was incredible to hear him talk with such proudness. I remembered the date he said his son died (for some reason,the way he said it stuck with me “4/06 of 2006”) so I looked him up when I got home to find out his story. After reading how young he was and how he died, it made the wreath laying all the more important and I’m so glad we participated.
Once we finished our section, we split off from the big group and made our way throughout the cemetary to lay wreaths on my friends dads grave and my dads friends grave. We had a nice walk, and it was nice to see all of the other volunteers out and about paying their respects. Here was our path:
We took this picture at stop #2:
…and this picture from stop #3:
The wreaths were a great way to start the morning, especially since we had a holiday concert later in the night to look forward to.
My uncle hosted “Pershings Own Holiday Festival” at D.A.R Constitution Hall last night and it was awesome! We were invited to a reception before the show which was held adjacent to the old concert hall (which is now a beautiful library) and it was super fun. The show was great and defintely got everyone into the holiday spirit.
After the awesomely festive show, we decided to walk over to the National Christmas Tree for our 3rd annual Christmas date. :) This time, we brought Linds and Kev which made it even more fun. The tree is new this year which was…interesting.
In February of this year, the tree was damaged and was beyond repair (it had been there since 1978), so they decided to replace it with a smaller (24 foot) tree which will grow as it ages. I’m not going to lie, it looks kind of sad. The top is all kinds of a mess and they even had to fix the lights to attempt to give it a pretty effect. Hopefully in the coming years it will fill out and become really pretty. Either way, we had fun checking it out and taking pictures.
I loved this weekend. It was so fun and festive and filled with family, and it was just the best. We had such a great time that we’re now planning on visiting the Christmas Lights at the National Zoo next weekend! The fun just continues – happy holidays!!