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Recently returned from a sudden and unexpected trip to Washington, DC. A dear friend of ours passed away after an all too brief battle against lymphoma. It has been a difficult weekend physically and emotionally as well as a time for reflection. I am reminded to  live each day fully, let go of anger, forgive someone,  hug your children or a friend and pause at least once a day to lift your head and really look around.

We did manage to lift our heads for a few hours and spent it walking around the city where we have lived for a combined 10 years during different tours with the Navy, and I appreciated anew the beauty of the many memorials and monuments…. This week I will share a few of these as a tribute to a wonderful man and dedicated Naval Officer.

World War ll Memorial National Mall

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