We went with Kira, John and the kids to visit the memorial. 58,ooo names are on the wall, 8 of them are women. We got some very insigtful facts about the wall that we didn't know. There are names of a few men from here in Spanish Fork.
Hatch, Thayne and Karas in front of a section of the wall.It was beautiful fall evening for such an outing. There is just a reverent feeling when you are visiting something like this. I hope that someday I will have the opportunity to visit the real memorial in Washington. Those that have been say that's it's quite something.
After spending some time there we loaded up the 3 crazy's and headed for ice cream.
We had all three of them loaded in the back seat of the Mustang. Two seat belts, 3 kids. Oops, that's a no-no! Neither Hatch or Karas stayed in their seatbelts like they were supposed to. When you have a crazy driver like Grandpa you really should be buckled up! The kids were just a hoopin' and a hollerin' all the way there. I couldn't resist taking pictures. (Remind never to take them to St. George in the hot car!)
As you go about your daily routines today, I hope you will take a minute and reflect back on that day 9 years ago. Take a moment and think about all of the innocent people that lost their lives and think about our service men and women still out there protecting us. Our lives have never been the same since, have they? I hope everyone is flying the American flag today. I know I am proud to be an American.
(Side note, the wall is here until Monday. For those that live in the area, try and make this a family outing. You won't regret it.)