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My holiday season was wonderful! I was home alone on Christmas Eve, and I was feeling sorry for myself. Then I recalled my years in the service when I spent many holidays away from family and friends. I reminded myself of the fine young men and women serving right now — who are away from their family and friends. I stopped feeling sorry for myself.

I spent Christmas Day at a friend’s house — they are the most gracious people. They opened their home to many of their family and friends. We enjoyed each other’s company, had a great meal, and consumed lots of quality beverages.

Later in the week, my father visited from Pennsylvania and we spent New Year’s Day at my sister’s house.

Finally, this past weekend I enjoyed the company of some friends I haven’t seen in many years. They had never been to Arlington National Cemetery, so we went there as well as some of my other beloved sites. I think they had a great time, and I took a lot of pictures.

I told these ladies to bring “comfortable” shoes but I think they thought I meant “cute” shoes! We walked about 10 miles and their feet were hurting later that evening. However, after soaking their feet in a warm epsom salt bath, consuming a few quality beverages, and devouring some gelato, they were ready for the next day’s adventures.

Now, I am back at work — which is always tough after a long holiday break. Here are some pictures of my holiday adventures (in no particular order).

Tomb of the Unknowns

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery

The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, is also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and has never been officially named. The Tomb of the Unknowns stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater.

The white marble sarcophagus has a flat-faced form and is relieved at the corners and along the sides by neo-classic pilasters, or columns, set into the surface. Sculpted into the east panel which faces Washington, D.C., are three Greek figures representing Peace, Victory, and Valor.

The Tomb sarcophagus was placed above the grave of the Unknown Soldier of World War I. West of the World War I Unknown are the crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Those three graves are marked with white marble slabs flush with the plaza.

NOTE: For more information on the Tomb of the Unknowns, please check out the Arlington National Cemetery’s website.

Arlington National Cemetery

"Vacant Chairs" - Arlington National Cemetery

Seamus & Aubrey

Seamus & Aubrey

Christmas Tree

Christmas Time

Arlington National Cemetery's Visitors Center

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