Red, White, and Blue!

Red, White, and Blue!

First started as a celebration of the end of World War I, Veterans Day has since become a time set aside to honor all American veterans. The Women in Military Service for America Memorial has become a traditional site for observing this day, and I decided to tag along on a walking excursion with my roommate Ethan and a friend Yelena for four miles to Arlington Cemetery from NoMa.

 

My feet were not very happy with my decision, but, once we made it to the 17th Annual Women’s Memorial Veterans Day ceremony, I'd never felt so patriotic and impressed. The ceremony is one of the major observances in the nation’s capital. It included a tribute of formal military honors for a woman in every branch of the military.


The speakers amazed me with their stories and perceptions of Veterans Day. I thought it was interesting that the majority of the honorees were surprised that their services were worthy enough of recognition. To the public, they're military superstars! Chief Warrant Officer 5 Wendy A. Wayman, USA, stated almost five different accolades she had earned during her military career, which included having her two children enlisted and serving in her battalion. I sat there in astonishment asking my roommate, what hasn’t she achieved already in her life! These women really had a strong love for this country!


I was surrounded by extremely brave veterans that were in attendance, whom wore their uniforms with various medals. To be honest, it made me happy to see them laughing and smiling with each other. The keynote speaker explained, “These women stood up, when many sat down”. And I am grateful they did stand up in the midst of wartime. I'm also grateful for the service of the current servicemen and servicewomen who are putting their lives on the line for this country. I do not come from a hugely patriotic family that bleeds red, white, and blue, but living in and exploring Washington, D.C. is making me re-examine and appreciate my citizenship in this great country.

 

Peace & Love,

Jahmel

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