Sunday Long Run

11 Dec

7.10 mile run today, starting at the Iwo Jima Memorial, around Arlington National Cemetary, across Memorial Bridge, around the White House, K Street, Georgetown, and back home via the Key Bridge.  Gorgeous (but chilly) day, perfect for running and snapping pictures. 

Mile one took me by Arlington National Cemetary.  It’s one of the most solemn and beautiful places in the country, and you can’t help but reflect upon the countless sacrifices made by our service members over the years.  My grandfather, a U.S. Army Colonel and veteran of both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War is buried there, as are many other heroes and military dependants.  

For the past 20 years, a small Maine-based company, Worcester Wreath Company, has been organizing wreath laying on headstones throughout Arlington Cemetary.  This year, volunteers placed nearly 100,000 wreaths.  The Washington Post did a very moving write-up on the effort in today’s paper.  Click here to read it. 

Midway through the run, I passed by the American Red Cross historic headquarters building, looking over the  south lawn of the White House.  For those of you who might not know, the American Red Cross offers a quick and easy way to send your support to service members overseas with their Holiday Mail for Heroes Program.  Please consider taking a few moments to share your gratitude this holiday season!  

Happy Running!

2 Responses to “Sunday Long Run”

  1. Bill Schweigart December 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Pretty run – must be very inspiring!

  2. katefsummers December 13, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    It was! I love running by Arlington and the Mall!

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