Sunday, September 13, 2009

National Geographic Memorial-Sept. 11

We are now located in Millersville, Maryland. That was the closest we could get to Washington D.C. because of some political rallies taking place there this week-end. Today we drove into D.C. to visit our son Dan and his friend Amanda. Our first stop was the National Geographic building. There we viewed a wonderful exhibit of film and photographs taken by Dereck and Beverly Joubert pertaining to leopards and lions in Africa. Outside of the building I wandered around in National Geographic's memorial garden. This garden is a memorial to two of National Georgraphics employes who were killed on 9/11/01. The picture I have posted here,of a sculpture of ants on a log,was taken in this garden. From there we walked to St.Matthews Catholic church where John Kennedy's funeral was held in 1963. I was impressed by the unusual altar here- it is made of white marble with floral inserts similar to decorations found in the Taj Mahal. After touring that church we headed over to the National Cathedral for the Choral Evensong. The King's College of London sang for this service. We were able to sit in the chancel area because there were not many people in attendance. So we were located close to the choir,which had to have been the best seat in the house to hear them! Every note seemed to ring crystal clear. The dean of Kings' College gave the message,which were his thoughts on 9/11 and how God's remembering of us never ends.

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