"To Them We Have a Solemn Obligation."

A few weeks ago my mom and I took a day trip to Washington, D.C. I had a list of historical/military things I either wanted to see again, or see for the first time. 

It had been at least four years since I'd been to the Arlington National Cemetery. I definitely didn't appreciate the significance of it four years ago as I did this time.



It was my first time seeing the United States Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington. Having just recently watched Flags of our Fathers and seeing the monument on February 20th, just a day after the battle of Iwo Jima began 72 years ago, made it all the more meaningful.



It was my first time seeing the 9/11 Pentagon memorial. 



And it was my first time seeing the Air Force Memorial in Arlington. 


I've been to the Holocaust Memorial Museum a few times. But this time, after researching the Warsaw Ghetto for the past year, I had to see the original milk can that held part of the hidden archives (Oyneg Shabes) of the Warsaw Ghetto. There's a documentary coming out this year about the archives that looks amazing. 

What we were unable to cry and shriek out to the world we buried in the ground. I would love to see the moment in which the great treasure will be dug up and scream the truth at the world. So the world may know …. We would be the fathers, the teachers and educators of the future. May the treasure fall into good hands, may it last into better times, may it alarm and alert the world to what happened in the twentieth century. May history attest for us.” —Dawid Graber, age 19, August 2, 1942, Warsaw Ghetto





 One of the guns used in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ... after doing so much research on the uprising, it's surreal to see one of the actual weapons.


Another place I wanted to see again was the National WWII Memorial. I'd love to go back with Honor Flight one of these days.



Have you ever been to D.C.? What are your favorite museums/memorials?

-Emily


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  1. I have not been to Washington D.C. but from you pictures, it looks like it would be an exciting place to visit. Some of the memorials are very beautiful, and they all hold so much meaning and memories.

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  2. I have not. But it is on my bucket list of places to visit!

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