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Happy Memorial Day

by Vivian Fleitstra on May 27, 2013

Over the last couple of weeks I had the opportunity to travel to Baltimore, MD, Washington, D.C. and New York City, NY.

I ended the week with a trip to New York City.  I met up with a very good friend of mine and we decided to go to the reflecting pools at the 911 Memorial.  If you have not been to the 911 Memorial, I encourage you to put it on your list of Must Do’s.  It is a beautiful tribute to those lost in such a terrible tragedy.  A reminder to all Americans that Freedom and Liberty carries a very large price.

You will find tree lined walkways and places to sit.  As I walked along, I paused to remember, pray and reflect. I found it to be so peaceful and tranquil in a city so alive.

IMG_2664I found myself mesmerized by the beautiful waterfalls, flowing into the pools and how it starts at the top flowing downward to each level in a tiered design. The water cascading down and shining so brightly.  The sounds of the water so soothing.  Every drop pouring downward into the beautiful pools.

IMG_2673-1It reminded me of how each of us,  pass something forward touching one another, in a continuous flow, capturing the beauty of life.

Each name inscribed along the wall honoring and remembering.   The waterfalls and pools shimmering in the beauty emulating spirits and memories forever flowing forward as a reminder of how precious life is.

I felt so many emotions that day;  a great saddness for the loss of so very much, happiness for the beauty that is captured and reflected in the pools and waterfalls, sincere gratitude, and pride for our freedom.IMG_2685

I took several pictures of the flags that day in the surrounding area. I particularly like this one, because behind the tree, peeking through, it stands tall.  A symbol of America.  So on this Memorial day, I thank all those that have served, are serving and will serve for your daily scarifices that you and your loved ones make in order to keep America the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

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