Monday, November 12, 2007

Some DC observations

Its been a powerful and moving weekend here in DC.

Veterans Day weekend is absolutely my favorite weekend to be in Washington DC.

You don't have the long waits you would typically have at a lot of places around town. For the most part, we have been able to walk right in.

We went to the Vietnam Memorial a few times this weekend. Lots of Vietnam Veterans have been staying in our hotel this weekend and we have had some pretty cool conversations with many of them, thanking them for their service.

"The Wall" itself is always a powerful experience, but even more so this weekend. For 96 straight hours, Veterans and others alike read all 58,250 names etched in stone. Absolutely powerful!

On our way to the Whitehouse, and Hotel Washington, we came up McPherson Square. At the top of this metro stop, we found no less than 30 homeless Veterans, huddled around garbage cans and just trying to keep warm. Just around the corner from this metro stop is the VA. On the heels of the report indicating that 25% of our nations homeless are Veterans, it was a powerful visual.

So...more to follow later, including some great photos. We need to get ready to head to the National Archives!

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