Thursday, May 29, 2014

Memorial Day

On Monday, we celebrated Memorial Day in the US.  It's a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  We made a trip to honor a different group of Heroes, ones that were not trained to do what they did to save thousands of lives.  We went to the Flight 93 Memorial.  It is a sight to behold, for sure.  As you drive past several populated areas to this field in-between populated areas, you realized just how skilled the pilots were when in the face of such danger and imminent death.  To get to the Memorial, there is a 3.5 mile approach road, so that the Memorial itself is around the crash site.  Once in the parking area, there is a slight walk to the memorial itself that is a wall of marble with the names of each passenger engraved in a panel, very similar to the Vietnam Memorial.

There is a space in the wall where you can look out at the actual crash site.  Only family members of these Heroes are permitted on the actual site.  On the marble panel is engraved September 11, 2001, which is a little tough to see in this photo.

As I turned to walk back to the car, I caught a glimpse of a strange-looking gate.  When I got closer, I realized it was made of wood.  I could not find any text around it, but I believe it is made of the trees the plane hit as it crashed, as there are several chunks taken out of the wood that look like something from a plane crash.

The Memorial grounds are not quite finished, as there will be a learning center and such built up the hill from the Memorial, but it is still a sight to be seen.  It definitely honors those who gave all they had to protect thousands they didn't even know and put Memorial Day in perspective.
Since I cannot leave you on such a "downer" note, I will share my Memorial Day nail design.  Having served in the Army and seen several of my "family" pay the ultimate price for freedom, Memorial Day is very special to me.  As such, I made my own design for my nails:

And here is how they turned out:

And finally, here is what I posted to Facebook for Memorial Day - my interpretation of keeping what is important in the forefront while enjoying the freedoms that our brave Heroes have given to us:

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