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Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day

I have celebrated Veteran's Day in some pretty unusual ways. I got to see President Carter at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., this was written about in last years post. Another year, I got to see Princess Diana, also written about in a post.

Those were fun Veteran's days, described above. But for the more serious side, I offer this. I actually worked at the Veteran's Administration (VA) in Washington, D.C. for about six years. Later, I was at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) a few blocks away from the VA and the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. I remember walking by the construction for the memorial, but once the names were inscribed, it took a good year before I could go back over there and see it. I just didn't want to see the names, nor the name of somebody I knew. The picture was taken probably in October. Below, is a picture of me. Please remember this day and what it means to you and America.

Me at Fort Belvoir, Virginia
(A little follow-up, my fatigue pants, jacket and boots still fit.)

14 comments:

Melanie said...

Thank you for your service, Barbara. And congrats on still being able to fit into that!

Marian Pierre-Louis said...

I didn't know that about you. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I love the photos!

Carol said...

Thank you for your service.

Love that the uniform still fits. I wish I could say that about my clothes from a few years past! CONGRATS!!!

Wendy said...

These are beautiful pictures. Thank you very much for your service to our country.

Nolichucky Roots said...

Three cheers for the women! Thanks for sharing your story and pictures, Barbara.

Greta Koehl said...

Wonderful! You have worked at so many interesting places - thank you for sharing these with us.

Brenda said...

How wonderful you can still fit in your uniform. Thanks for serving and for sharing.

joyoflj said...

Thank you for your service to our Country, Barbara.

Barbara said...

Thank you every one of you for your comments. I wasn't sure about posting me in uniform, but now I'm glad, brings back very good memories.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

As I've said many times, I live vicariously through you. What an interesting live you have lead!

Becky said...

Interesting! Something that we have in common - although my uniform doesn't fit me anymore! Actually, I don't have it any longer, but I know it wouldn't fit!!

Barbara said...

Elizabeth and Becky, interesting life many years ago, not so now. Becky, I have the fatigue pants with buttons, did you? so I need to hold my breath to close it up. The olive jacket is like new, boots worn every year, good condition. I'll take pictures...sometime.

Janice EH said...

Thank you, Barbara for your service and for the memories. I remember those green striped seersucker uniforms you're wearing. We had to put so much starch on them! I finally gave the last of my uniforms away a few moves ago. I certainly couldn't get in any of them.

Bentley said...

Thank you for you service Barbara. You look fine in your uniform. I had a bunch of those cords that I donated to goodwill - not my favorite. The button fly fatigues I have were issued during Viet Nam era issue, if I recall correctly, and I liked them best - b/c the fabric was softer. I certainly can no longer squeeze my older, more robust bod into any of my old uniforms! Good on you that you can! Cousin Pat - MAJ, USA, Retired