The Inevitable Patriotism Blog

The Inevitable Patriotism Blog

Being in Washington, D.C. will, without a doubt, inspire patriotic thoughts.  Before living here, being American was simply a label.  In D.C., it is an absolute way of life. Intense political debate can be found in every apartment, cafe and metro station. There is a proliferation of American flags. C-Span seems to always be a channel away, and particularly good renditions of the Star Spangled Banner now make me cry. And if you are ever in doubt about what country you are in, just look around.  The city is the absolute epitome of the "melting pot."  Only in America!!

 

Two of my favorite days this summer have been Memorial Day and Independence Day. For Memorial Day, I went to the concert on Capitol Hill.  I had the perfect seat, and I got to hear performances from the National Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Sanchez, Daughtry, and Natalie Cole.  I also went to Arlington National Cemetery.  50,000 roses (no, that is not a typo) were placed on graves, and President Obama even made a special appearance.  I was so far away from him that I could barely hear him, but that hasn't stopped me from telling everyone back home that President Obama and I are now buddies.  On a more serious note, spending Memorial Day in D.C. has given me an even deeper appreciation for the great sacrifices that have been made for my freedom.

 

 

John F. Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Then again on the 4th of July, I was reminded of how much I love being American.  I went to Madame Tussaud's wax museum where I took pictures and shook hands with all 44 presidents.  If it sounds creepy, the truth is that it kind of was, but I still highly recommend it!  After Madame Tussaud's, I went to the parade and then the fireworks.  Never before have I seen such a display! And my meal for the day? Hot dogs and apple pie.  Can't get much more patriotic than that.

 

Karen at Madame Tussaud's wax museum; fireworks on the 4th!

 

Other patriotic recommendations:

*Visit the National Archives and The Capitol

*Go to the American History Museum.  The flag that inspired Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner" is on display!

*Take a boat tour of the monuments

*And lastly, remember that despite gloomy economic forecasts, you can still buy 4 dollar tourist t-shirts that fashionably state I HEART AMERICA (who cares that the tag says Made In China?)

 

 

Karen at Arlington National Cemetery.

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