Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Most years, I write about the history and significance of Memorial Day. this year, I would like to do something just a little different.

On May 8th, 2015, the 70th anniversary of V.E. (Victory in Europe) Day was commemorated in Washington D.C. with a fly over of historic airplanes. More than 50 of these classic aircraft flew down the Potomac river, banked left near The Mall and flew towards the Capitol building.

Now, I know that this site is dedicated to Vietnam Memorials, but I think that on Memorial Day it is fitting to remember all. In addition, at least one of these aircraft also served in Vietnam, so if you need a connection, there it is.

These are not authentic WWI planes but they sure do recall those first used in combat. these are actually trainers and are of the same type George H.W. Bush trained in to fly in WWII.

This is FiFi, the only still flying B-29 left. There is another being restored but iis not yet ready to fly. someday we may be able to see them fly together.

This is an A-26 which flew not only in WWII but also Vietnam.

 To cover a few more bases, I am including this pic from Antietam. It was after the Civil War the what we now call Memorial Day was started.

This is a portion of the Antietam Cemetery but the hero that lies here was actually lost in the attack on the U.S.S. Cole. He was greatly loved and is dearly missed.

The Korean War Memorial

Arlington National Cemetery

And, the final pic for Memorial Day.

I have tried to cover those who must be remembered. I have not intentionally left anyone out, I don't have, for example, pics of the Spanish American War memorials, but those too are remembered here, today.

Don't forget to Remember!

Next time, on the 30th, we will check in again in Nebraska. Join me there at 9:00am.

To see other Vietnam Memorials, from any state, click the state name on the left side of this page.

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