Monday, January 12, 2009
So I lied... I have 2 more non craft related post before I post my craftyness... While driving to my Aunts house we stopped off at Arlington National Cemetery. I've never been before and either has Juan. I wanted to see the changing of the guards since I heard that was supposed to be cool... Also we had another reason for visiting. Juans Sargent Major is buried there. He was killed in combat by a suicide bomber in 2007. I thought I would be fine but walking around I took it all in. Not to mention while we were looking for the grave site another funeral was going on. It was so beautiful. Horse drawn carriage with the coffin covered in the American flag.
It made me really think about all the people that have died for our country. How lucky Juan has been to come out of 2 tours in Iraq without an injury. How now that he been recalled I have no clue what his future may be. All of this was going through my mind. How his Staff Sargent left kids and a wife behind, The guy buried next to him was one day younger than Juan... Then they started playing "taps" ... I started crying... Taps always has this effect on me! It was beautiful and sad all at once. It made me proud and sad. All the graves covered in wreaths was something you have to see. Its something that pictures can't capture.
Though I was all the sudden overwhelmed by a near emotional breakdown I am glad we went. I think it was a good experience and really was beautiful!