Honor and Respect

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Yellowsupersport, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Yellowsupersport

    Yellowsupersport Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2015
    Today I had the privilege of showing some visiting family members around Washington DC. Putting political views aside, I am always in awe of the city and its monuments and memorials. No matter how many times I have stood by the Vietnam wall, or looked up at Lincoln, the history leaves me speechless.

    From the Korean War Memorial...

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    And the WWII Memorial....


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  2. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things! Supporting Addict

    Nov 18, 2014
    That's awesome, it's nice that there are people like you that show off the city and understand the history of the seat of our government.

  3. Raylan Givens

    Raylan Givens Never Forget Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2015
    Anyone who is a patriot should go and see these monuments. Yes, D.C. has antiquated gun laws and yes our politicians are pure buffoons. But. The men, real men, and people these monuments represent are part of a much bigger picture than elected officials and their ignorant actions.
  4. N of 1

    N of 1 Member

    Nov 3, 2016
    I love d.c. and I think regardless of your politics it's an inspiring place. It's a funny word to use but it always strikes me as a majestic place.
    The monuments alone can take a week to see and that's just the tip of it all. What a town!
  5. jimmy Surber

    jimmy Surber New Member

    Jun 12, 2017
    Can't say it any better then post 3&4
  6. Zippy

    Zippy Active Member

    May 14, 2016
    I live 30 minutes from DC and love showing it off to friends and family who come to visit. There's so much to do and see that it takes about a whole week to just scratch the surface - all the monuments, memorials and museums can easily eat-up three days. One of the lesser-known must-see's is The Anderson House: http://societyofthecincinnati.org/ which is the largest Revolutionary War artifact and document archive in the USA. It's an amazing place.

    NRA Museum should also be on any 2A-supporting American's must-see list, too. The firearms collection there is beyond my ability to describe in words. You really gotta see it to believe it. It's easy to make a full day of it if you include a trip to the range and the café for lunch. The food is pretty darn good, too.

    Living in the area has its liabilities. Being so close to so many cool, historic things comes with a price tag of incredibly high taxes and cost of living, idiotic local government, ungodly traffic, and crime that makes you take it into consideration every time you walk out the front door. Still, there are few places I'd rather call home. It's worth it to see the looks on friend's faces the first time they walk into the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Chantilly.
  7. Oldag

    Oldag Well-Known Member

    Aug 27, 2014
    Been there a few times, but will probably not go back again.

    See the Mall, etc. Visited the memorial that honors the war my father served in (pics above). No need to return.
  8. ImperialBlade

    ImperialBlade Armed with my opinion and not afraid to use it. Supporting Addict

    Aug 22, 2015
    I saw DC as a young boy, maybe when I was 10. The most memorable part was taking a photo of the Bill of Rights, which was under very thick airtight glass that rose from the floor below two huge hinged plates.

    Oh yeah, then there was the guards that very likely had weapons. I am not sure, as they were shouting loudly and tackled me. Apparently, being 10 years old, I failed to see the humongous sign that said "NO FLASHES!". Those guards sure took their job seriously. It was at that point myself and my family was quickly escorted from the building.

    In all seriousness, DC was (and I am sure still is) a beautiful city with some humbling history. I plan on going back now that their is a new admin in office.
  9. william adams

    william adams Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    All the monuments move me, but the Korean War Monument is particularly haunting. Thanks for the pics
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  10. Bro. Pappaw

    Bro. Pappaw Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 18, 2016
  11. Ethanol Red

    Ethanol Red Make it a double Supporting Addict

    Jul 12, 2015
    I can't get past the utter hypocrisy of having these awesome monuments in a place where you can't legally defend yourself. I wish I could visit them but I can't go there legally. That sucks.
  12. Zippy

    Zippy Active Member

    May 14, 2016
    It's the apex of irony, isn't it?
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  13. N of 1

    N of 1 Member

    Nov 3, 2016
    Just another thought. One of my favorite off the beaten path activities in D.C. is the library of congress. Any citizen, and perhaps others, can apply for a library card and many are granted the same day (mine was). Then you can enter the rotunda, or reading room, and check out or ask to read virtually anything ever in print. Astonishing isn't it?
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  14. kellingtonw

    kellingtonw Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jan 3, 2017
    Astonishing; & yet that is as it should be. Few things are these days. I will definitely be doing that on my next trip to DC.

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  15. Zippy

    Zippy Active Member

    May 14, 2016
    It is! A trip to the Library of Congress has been on my extended to-do list for years. Hoping to make it soon.

    I get a lot of satisfaction from introducing visitors to the Anderson House, especially if they're Revolutionary War buffs. It's my favorite off-the-beaten-path destination in DC because so few people have even heard of it and when they finally do see some of the amassed collection of actual uniforms, weapons and original manuscripts they walk-away impressed.
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