U.S. Air Force Memorial
What better way to spend your July 4th weekend than by taking pictures of the military memorials scattered throughout Washington, D.C. This weekend I got off my rear and put my camera in high gear. I paid a visit to the U.S. Air Force memorial in Arlington, Virginia. I have driven by this memorial for years and I always wanted to stop. Thank goodness I finally decided to choose this memorial for a blog post. The memorial opened on October 14, 2006 and was created by the American architect James Ingo Freed. Freed also designed the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. According to the information I gathered researching the memorial, the three memorial spires range from 201 feet to 270 feet. The design of the stainless steel spires mimic the contrails of the Air Force Thunderbird’s “bomb burst maneuver.”
I was very impressed with the memorial and was surprised to see other statues and wall dedications like the one pictured above.
The July 4th holiday brought many visitors from around the world to the memorial. Many wreaths were laid like the one pictured above.
During the summer months, the U.S. Air Force Band plays free concerts on Wednesday and Friday evening. I am definitely going to check this out this summer. It’s obvious that a lot of thought went into the design and a lot of hours went into actually building this amazing piece of architecture. I think the men and woman who have sacrificed all for their country would be pleased with the effort that went into creating this outstanding memorial.
For more information visit www.airforcememorial.org
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