Nov 292010

I just returned from a great Thanksgiving break visiting with my family members in Manassas,Virginia. We managed to eat, drink and make merry with gusto and to give thanks for everything that has been bestowed on us. We even survived Black Friday with minimal damage and in all the festivities, no one was injured, so all in all it was a successful week end. One of the plans we had was to drive into DC and take in a museum or even the zoo. That Saturday we decided that driving into the city was not as enticing, what with the traffic and the just arrived colder weather. We decided to do something closer to home and after some thoughtful input from everyone we decided to visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

It is located at Quantico, just off I-95, about 36 miles South of Washington, DC on Route 1. It opened 4 years ago in November, celebrating over 200 years of Marine Corps history. It is an impressive building.  To be truthful it is not a place that was high on my list of must sees, but with Camp Lejeune so close to where I reside, I was intrigued. The museum told me everything about the Marines, from their first day off the bus as new recruits to the many conflicts in which they were involved. And there certainly were many.

For me, as I walked through each gallery depicting the conflicts and wars, I was moved that so many gave such commitment and sacrifice, without question and with honor, in the most horrible of situations. And this was just one branch of the military. I thought of the special time I was having with my family and how many of the soldiers depicted in these stories were not, did not, and never will, because they answered a call to duty. It was sobering. I think we all need to be thankful for those who serve, not just the Marines, but all our military men and women. They do so that we may do. I think many of us take so much for granted.

The museum is well done and the portrayals and archive footage in the galleries are exceptional. If you are in the area, it is worth a day trip and its free. I have included some photos from the day. Enjoy, and give thanks and remember those who serve.

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