Memorial Day 2011

Memorial Day PoppyIt must be Memorial Day weekend.  The sound of motorcycles gathering for Rolling Thunder is in the air along with sightings of American Legion and VFW Auxiliary ladies selling Poppies.  And, as usual, the weather here has abruptly changed from spring to summer.

Memorial Day

One of the Memorial Day weekend traditions here in the Washington, DC area is the gathering of of thousands of motorcyclists for the “Run to the Wall.”

And, another much older tradition that we sometimes overlook..the American Legion Auxiliary ladies selling Poppies to raise money to help veterans in need.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

óBy John McCrae

Rolling Thunder

Tribute to the Vets…

I live about 20 miles west of Washington, DC. On Memorial Day weekend each year the air fills with the sound of motorcycles as the Rolling Thunder bikers gather for their annual ride to the Vietnam War Memorial.

Rolling Thunder

Bikers galore

Left work at 0200 and back there again at 0900. So much for the three day Memorial Day weekend. And work has really been restricting the time I have to work on the web site. But, hopefully, I’ll have a bit more free time in a couple of weeks when the project I’m currently working on starts to slow down a bit.

I live in the Washington, DC area and there are lots of bikers in town for the annual “Rolling Thunder” motocycle ride to the Vietnam War Memorial. Quite an impressive site!