Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

The whole concept of Slavery is completely foreign to me. I know it has been going on for years, and still does today. But the whole idea of subjugating another person or group of people to work for you based solely on race, religion, or even perceived differences just is beyond my grasp as a human. Why must people always attempt to put others beneath them? Why can we not see the beauty and abilities of every person as an individual, rather than based on our own incorrect perceptions? I keep harkening back to our Declaration of Independence (and yes, I know that slavery was going strong even then) to the words “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” ALL MEN (and yes, for those who are picky, I believe this for women as well). Everyone is equal, and should be treated as such.

Monument to Slaves at Mount Vernon

Monument to Slaves at Mount Vernon

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Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, is a somber place to visit, but a good one to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. This picture touched me just because I know how absolutely big this place of remembrance is, and this picture did a good job of symbolizing for me how each no matter which one you focus on at any time, there are many, many more behind it waiting to be seen and remembered. I hope you enjoy this picture.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

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Reflections on the True Cost of War…

With the Presidential debates going on currently, we are continuously reminded of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how much money they cost. Justified or not, the true cost of war is the cost of human life, no matter the side, no matter the reason. While in Washington D.C. over Christmas last year, we made a point to visit the Vietnam War Memorial. Section after section, line after line, name after name – the true cost of that war reminds us continuously of what many people before us have given for their countries on all sides of the conflict. May we never forget the ultimate sacrifice that they have given. And may we always strive for peace.

The True Cost of War

The True Cost of War

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Eternal flame of John F. Kennedy

This past Christmas, my wife and I traveled to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Holidays with my family. One of the main things I wanted to do while we were there was to go to Arlington National Cemetery to view the wreaths on the graves, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. While we were there, we also visited the Eternal Flame, the resting place of John F. Kennedy and his family. It was a very somber place, and many people came to pay their respects. Enjoy!

JFK Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame – Burial Site of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America

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