Monday, June 25, 2007

D.C. Summer Fun

Almost every evening of the week in Washington, D.C., there is something FREE to do with the whole family. When I was little, my parents would take us to the Jefferson Memorial where we could see military concerts every summer. Our favorites were Christmas in July and the Lollipop concerts. My brothers always liked the concerts that included precision drills by special units. Last Tuesday, my mom and I took my three oldest children to see the U.S. Army Twilight Tattoo on the grounds of the Washington Monument. We had a picnic and enjoyed the music of the U.S. Army Blues Band and members of Down Range, an Army singing group. These are very talented people who are usually recruited for their outstanding musical abilities. Anyhow, the precision drill team flings rifles fixed with bayonets up in the air and twirl these weapons all over the place. *In the picture above, the drill master is in the middle with about 20 bayonets in his face - do you see him?* If you are near D.C., tomorrow is the last of these for the summer. However, if you miss this, there are many other military concerts held on the west lawn of the Capitol most nights of the week. Take advantage, if you haven't already!!!

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