One of the great advantages of being on Homeland Ministry Assignment is being able to see parts of our beautiful country that we otherwise would not be able to visit. During our week in Maryland we took one day to drive down to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. It was wonderful. The weather was gorgeous, the grounds were beautiful, and we had such a great time going through the mansion and strolling the paths. It was crowded with lots of school groups, but there was plenty of room for us all. The view from the veranda out to the Potomac River was beautiful.
After spending the day at Mount Vernon, we decided to stop at Arlington National Cemetary which was directly on our way back in the late afternoon. I am so glad we did! It was a wonderful experience walking through the grounds, reading memorial markers, and seeing the Washington Monument across the river. But the highlight of our time there was watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The military rituals are very meaningful and touching as we saw several wreaths laid before the tomb and heard taps played each time. We also saw the graves of Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, as well as memorials to both the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles. We wish we could have stayed there longer to see all of it.