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Monday, May 26

Memorial Day

We visited the Virginia War museum today. It was a beautiful day for our visit. The boys brought flags to put out in honor of those that had fallen for our country. Unfortunately they didn't have any place to put our flags, so the boys had to carry the flags all afternoon, they didn't mind. The statue at the memorial is called "Memory". On the walls were inscribed all the men and women from Virginia that have fallen from World War II till the War on Terror.

On Sunday the talks were given by men and women that have served in the military. They were powerful talks about how the Lord directs our lives and how this effected their military service. Patriarch White told about how his BYU ROTC officer told them at graduation," The Air force may issue you your orders ,but the Lord is the one that decides were you will be stationed" One of the Brothers spoke of two uncles that died in World War II. We were able to find their names on the walls. Jack found them and this made things a little more personal.


We also met a member of the British air force that that flew in 64 missions over Germany in World War II. He said he was the one that marked the targets for the bombers to hit. He was so kind and smiley. He must have been in his nineties.

We went inside the small Museum to look around at the artifacts they had. There were different weapons from each War,fatigues, and other small items from each time period. They also had a rendering of a new addition they want to add on. Sam over heard one of the volunteers talking to someone about how much money they needed to raise. There was also a donation box and Blake wanted to know what it was for. Sam explained it to him. As we were about to leave Sam asked me if he could go to the car and get his wallet to give a donation. He sat on the ground and counted out a dollars worth of change and then he picked out what he told me was a random amount of pennies, which turned out to be eight pennies, his age. He thought that was cool. We went in and he gave the money. {my kids don't get get allot of money to spend, so this was a bit of a sacrifice for Sam} I asked him at dinner why he gave the money. He told me so they can take care of the grounds and make the Museum better. Sam is so concerned about life and fairness.





1 comments:

Michelle Gilleland said...

What a great outing! It is so important to remember and appreciate where our freedom comes from. You are smart to take advantage of all of the history you live by!

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