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Happy New Year! - December 31st, 2007
Pictures from Washington DC

Uncle Johnnie and I visit the WWII Memorial,
 The White House and National Christmas Tree!



Johnnie and I head down to the WWII Memorial on New Years Eve 2007 before we headed off to dinner to celebrate the new year of 2008.  The Memorial was virtually a ghost town except for a few people.  It was especially cold that night so I dressed John in a WWII Winter Parka and Jeep Cap.  Snug as a bug in original attire, we paid our respects to those who 63 years prior were fighting for their lives during the Battle of the Bulge.  Many of the stars behind John represent those men and women who died for the freedoms we so enjoy to day.  Crowning the Christmas Tree of pictures above is my uncle Amin who's photo is nestled within a memorial wreath located at a verse by President Harry S. Truman.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of those who served and that are serving our great nation.


It was the second year in a row that John and I visited the National Christmas Tree and the White House.  There were a lot more people there than at the WWII Memorial, so we enjoyed talking with a lot of folks from all over the world which outnumbering the homegrown 10 to 1.  We had a really good time looking at all the trees from the various states, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Ohio pictured on the 3rd row above, and of course the trains circling the giant tree which celebrates our nations trust in God.  At about 9 we headed back over to Alexandria and had a nice quiet dinner at a fine Italian Restaurant called "Mike's" along Route 1 and finished up in time to head back to Johnnies place to watch the ball drop.  Happy New Year!  This would be the last year that John and I celebrated New Years and Christmas together as he was moved out of assisted living and into dementia care a few months later.  We had spent the last 6 of 7 Christmas's and New Years together celebrating life, good friends and good times.  

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