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British royalty at Arlington National Cemetery. Guess who? pics

Saturday, May 11, 2013

I received an email yesterday from my BFF yesterday. He is a tour director and this week has been in Washington D.C. with over 200 8th graders. Yes, this is one trip I didn't wish I could go on, even though Les, the best bus driver was the driver. I love love love traveling with Gary and Les as a team A good time is always had. I digress. Well, guess who did the wreath ceremony? Does he look familiar? Gary said the kids were so excited, he was too. Here are the pictures he took.

These were all taken when Prince Harry replaced the wreath with a new wreath. I went to Arlington National Cemetery with my Mom in 2006. She turned 80 that year and it was her birthday present from me. Just me and my Mom. What a wonderful trip with precious memories. I remember seeing the ceremony and there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd, grown men crying. It is very beautiful but also I don't I can't think of the word. Moving, touching but something much more than that. I can't describe it. My eyes are brimming thinking of it. Taps always gets to me. I forget how often they do the ceremony. I am not sure if it is every couple hours or every hour.

Gary said the school kids were quite excited to see Harry. I guess Gary yelled out Harry, Welcome to the USA or something to that effect and captured this picture. He got a nod from a Prince. Wow.

Harry was going to the hospital to visit wounded soldiers and had changed out of his "good clothes". I chided Gary, kiddingly for saying Harry and not Prince Harry. I guess he has no respect. emoticon Gary, of course, had to point out that when Prince Harry was born our children were grown. emoticon Gary for that.

While in D.C. they also got to see Obama's motorcade. The school kids were all happy about that too. Though they didn't really see the president, they did see what many never get to see in person. Gary actually enjoyed this trip. He did call me last night a few minutes before getting home. Then he said I am pulling into my driveway now. I am home and tired. I told him yes, but satisfied with a great trip and a job emoticon He will do it all over again Tuesday-Friday with another school. Minus Prince Harry.

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GEORGE815 5/12/2013 11:01AM

    Hat off to Harry. Great post.

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L*I*T*A* 5/12/2013 10:06AM


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MRS_TOAD 5/12/2013 8:32AM

    The pictures brought tears to my eyes. I was there as a very small child and didn't fully appreciate what I was seeing. Now as an adult... Thanks for sharing these awesome photos.

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GABIBEAR 5/12/2013 1:18AM

    That was great Bonnie! I'm glad that they had such a good time and took some great pics! Thank you so much for sharing!

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SPARKFRAN514 5/11/2013 11:38PM

    emoticon What a special memory for everyone thank you for sharing the pictures

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PMFISH 5/11/2013 11:10PM

    Nothing like school trips.

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LOVESLIFE48 5/11/2013 9:09PM

    Wow!! How awsome!! Prince Harry!! emoticon

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GABY1948 5/11/2013 8:17PM

    Great pic of Priince Harry! Thanks for sharing!

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MARILYNROBERT 5/11/2013 7:17PM

    Thank you for the story and pictures!

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SUSIEPH1 5/11/2013 6:41PM

    How really special Gary's day was .. Especially with the children ..
I met the Queen once, when I was in the guard of honour of the St John Ambulance Brigade.
I was so proud of that day..
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CHOCOHIPPO 5/11/2013 3:28PM

    That is a beautiful story. I was there as a child and it was a very amazing place.

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LIVEDAILY 5/11/2013 3:06PM

    That is really special! Most people don't realize that Arlington is an active cemetary. There are always services going on there, except in winter time. If you haven't been, you should go. I think the word you were searching for is pride. Proud of our country and of the brave women and men who served.

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CAMAEL100 5/11/2013 1:35PM

    Very nice treat!

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ROCKRUNNER404 5/11/2013 1:23PM

Wow how neat that he got to see that, and how very cool for all of those kids. Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. No topping that field trip! How cool. There is something so peaceful about the British Royals, perhaps that's why we all love them.

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SLIMMINJENN 5/11/2013 12:39PM


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MARITIMER3 5/11/2013 12:36PM

    I'm almost 70 and had my first trip to Washington (from the Toronto area) last month. Like your 8th graders, it was a bus trip, although we were a bunch of seniors. I have the utmost admiration for the drivers and tour directors who can be endlessly cheerful and pleasant to a variety of people who grumble about getting up early; want another smoke break; etc. etc. etc.

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KELLIEBEAN 5/11/2013 12:21PM

    Great pics. Very exciting!

I went on my daughter's 8th grade trip to DC back in '98. There wer many sniffles in the crowd as we watched the wreath ceremony. It is very powerful. I also teared up as we got close to the statue of Iwo Jima.

It was a great trip! I'm glad your BFF got to see royalty!

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NEWCHINELO 5/11/2013 12:12PM

    Oh oh! nice time they had . . .

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1CRAZYDOG 5/11/2013 10:34AM

    Awesome!!! HUGS and thanks for sharing these pictures!

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BRANDI1809 5/11/2013 10:33AM

    I'm very proud of our Royal Family & it's good to know when they are doing their bit in other countries.
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MAKINANIMPACT 5/11/2013 10:30AM

    emoticon How cool was that! I can only imagine! He is in Colorado Springs through Sunday cheering on the para olympics run with the soldiers who lost limbs. I'm in Denver and would give anything for a chance to see him cheer them on, but unable to! Congrats to Prince Harry for taking the time for causes close and dear to his heart!

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 5/11/2013 10:29AM

    That's really cool - thanks for sharing those pictures. Those kids must've thought their teachers were the best for choosing to do the tour that day!

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