The Weekend

4:08 PM

Our weekend was spent in Pennsylvania.  We took the red-eye into Philadelphia and arrived (very red eyed) Thursday morning.  Bryan had not been to the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall and that was our reason for flying into Philly instead of Harrisburg.

Really our whole purpose of going to PA was to attend my dads Vietnam Troop reunion.  Every two years the guys and their families get together (every fours years the reunion is in DC).  My dad is president of the group.  This time the reunion was held in Gettysburg.   Again, Bryan had not been there.  I have.  Twenty years ago.  My mom and I went with my cousins S & K.  S is Civil War history buff.  We had an expert guided tour.  And it was July 2nd.   Re-enactors were every where. We got to see a lot that Bryan didn't get to see this time.

As taggers-along for the reunion, we get to stay at the hotel at the group rate, attend any tours or lectures and we can hang out in the hospitality room, but we don't have to attend any of the meetings.  The one event do attend every time is the memorial service.  Someone reads the names of the guys killed in Vietnam and the men line up and place flowers in a wreath.  This year they read the names of the men who have passed away since the last reunion.  It seemed to me to be a much longer list this time.  Not a lot of dry eyes during the service.

The tour we were most excited about was the guided walk we did of Picketts Charge.  I didn't get to hear a lot of what the guide said.  (I didn't realize how hard it would be to tour with a 19 month old...).
It was a great weekend.  And with most weekends, it went by way to fast.  Part of our problem though is we plan way too many things to do.

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  1. I haven't been to Gettysburg for years and the same with downtown Philadelphia. I had a great time when I was there. I can imagine the sad tears as the names were read.

  2. That does look like a great weekend, you always go on the most interested trips. Thanks for sharing!


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