Saturday, May 26, 2007

Memorial Day


"Here rests in honored glory, an American Soldier, known but to God."


Hi All,

I thought I would take a moment this weekend and take note of Memorial Day. Here in our country, some of our holidays get wrapped up in quick vacations and endless sales, rather than acknowledging the essence of the holiday itself. In contrast, in Canberra, Australia, over 30,000 citizens attended the annual ANZAC Remembrance Day sunrise service.
So, take a moment and put down your coupon ads, your BBQ fixins and remember the actual purpose of Memorial Day, which is to honor all of those who gave their lives in service to our country. Without further editorial, I invite you to enjoy some of my photographs from last month’s visit to Arlington National Cemetery where 290,000 of our honored dead lay in peace. Kathy and I also observed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This guard is in place 24/365, and rotates every 30 minutes around the clock. This was my first visit to Arlington, and it truly was a sobering experience. One could not help but walk in peace and contemplation at the acres and acres of crosses, each with their own history and family left behind.



Lastly, please enjoy a few photographs from this week’s training rides. The first ride, ended with me cold and wet after coming off a big hill in a hail/sleet shower. The second ride the next day was a glorious cold and sunny day on Antelope Island. I have been mixing hills and distance in preparation for June 9th’s brevet around Bryce Canyon.
The oncoming storm, guess I am getting wet!

The reward of a lovely day after the storm.

The view to the east, towards Davis County
See you down the road,
Jim

4 comments:

alivicwil said...

I found your blog through an image search while trying to ID a spider my partner found in our near-Canberra, Australia home!

Your blog is lovely... Utah looks beautiful.

As an Australian (and someone who attends the ANZAC Day dawn service with my partner, who actually works at the Memorial), I just want to thank you for mentioning our day in your blog. I'm always pleased when Americans know about our culture :)

Another interesting 'connection' to your blog - my partner's father is an avid cycler (I ride to the pool occasionally, and once did the Sydney to the Gong ride, but that's it). My partner was excited to see your recumbent - and I agree it looks pretty cool!


Alivicwil

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