Skywatch Friday

The hill below, lying at the edge of Arlington Cemetery may look uninteresting, but for watching fireworks on the Mall light up the nighttime sky over Washington DC, it can’t be beat.IMG_0012

When my children were small, we (along with our neighbors) walked the six or so blocks to the hill carrying our picnic baskets, blankets and chairs under our arms. Settled there, we could see Washington in all its glory on the evening of the Fourth of July.

Following the events of 9-11, the area changed quite a bit. Seven temporary buildings known as T-7, and constructed for duty during WWII, have been demolished as has the old south post of Fort Myer.  The hill, which overlooks the Pentagon’s new Memorial Garden, lay on the flightpath of the doomed plane that died on that terrible day. Lately, the hill has become the home of a huge new sculpture dedicated to the U.S. Air Force.

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Washington DC from Arlington House, atop Arlin...

Washington DC from Arlington House, atop Arlington National Cemetery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This post is linked to Skywatch Friday (link at left). Thanks to Yogi, Sylvia, and Sandy for this nifty meme.

10 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday

  1. A fellow Washingtonian! Lovely photos of the skyline. I love the story – I can just picture you and your family walking with picnic baskets. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog!

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