The boys are listening to the tour guide. We were issued headphones so that
we could hear the tour guide. It is very loud in the Capitol since the tour
groups are 60 people in size with at least 120 or more people in each room.
This is a lot different than when I visited in 1991, at that time the tour
groups were very small and we could see the house and senate chambers
without special tickets. Now a special ticket is required to visit the
Another major change since my last visit is the amount of security and metal
detectors. Almost all buildings that we visited required having our bags
searched and walking through metal detectors. Armed Police and Guards are
visible at all building entrances. While at the White House one of the Boys
saw a guard with a fully automatic rifle - DSC07929
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On the East Steps with the Capitol Dome overhead - DSC07936
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The eternal flame represents, Everlasting life. The eternal flame can be
found at Arlington National Cemetery situated just behind John and
Jacqueline Kennedy's Grave. The gravesite has clear view of the Lincoln
Memorial, Washington Monument and the West Side of the Capitol that is miles
away - DSC07964
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You will notice the sweat on my shirt. We were out early this particular
morning however the temperatures quickly climbed into the 90's. It had
rained the night before so the humidity was very high. Fortunately for us
the humidity and temperatures during our visit were very moderate compared
with the normal 90 percent humidity and scorching high temperatures - DSC07968
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Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the unknown Soldier - DSC07981
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Here is a picture of the Cub Scouts and Girl Scout in front of the massive
Lincoln Memorial. We had just finished touring the Arlington Cemetery prior
to this photo. The kids had walked at least 3 miles that morning in 90
degree weather. It is amazing how good they were posing for this picture.
By the end of the day these kids and parents had logged at least 6 5 mile on
their little feet.
After leaving the Lincoln Monument we saw the Three Servicemen, Vietnam
Veterans, Vietnam Women's, the drained Lincoln Reflecting Pool, World War
II, and an up close view of the closed Washington Monument. A park Ranger
instructed us that there are 8 inch by 2 foot cracks visible inside of the
Washington Monument, congress is trying to find the money to fix it - Dsc08001
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