Each time I visit our nation's capital I try to find some time to walk on the National Mall. The Smithsonian Museums are undeniably a treasure, but the history of our founding and the memorials to those who have sacrificed are what I enjoy.
Walking the Mall one can't help being mesmerized by the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials. This trip I took some time to find the name of one of my dad's friends on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. I took a photo and sent it to him. Dad later called to tell me he used to pick up Donnie Cunningham on his way to work each day.
I read something the other day to the effect that the founders of our country were geniuses, but those who are funning it now are idiots. I won't speak to the latter, but remain in awe of the vision our founding fathers had.