On Veteran's Day we ventured out to the Reagan Library for a celebration. It was an outing akin to the kind I used to take with my friend when we each only had one or two kids. Now when we go somewhere we take the big van; 2 adults and 7 kids aged 6-15 months.
The main purpose of the event was a ceremony honoring veterans and quite a few speakers and a performance of patriotic songs. Although I would have liked seeing the ceremony I think the audience enjoyed it more without our brood present.
Instead we visited the booths set up outside the library with authentic gear from the Civil War and other wars. There were canons from different times in history, and a sewing demonstration. A C-17 flew 1500 feet over our heads while a Civil War canon was shot to welcome it. Later a helicopter landed on the south lawn throwing dirt and grass in the air. Then the boys climbed in and got to aim the machine gun.
A group of 4 Blackhawk helicopters flew over head in perfect formation.
My favorite part of the day was just before we went home. We visited Reagan's memorial to pay respects to one of our greatest presidents, after all we had a namesake in our presence. Although little Reagan is still too young to know who she was named after, we started her education on that day.
Connor read aloud the words written on Reagan's memorial. "I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life". ~~ Ronald Wilson Reagan
♥ ♥ ♥ There is something truly magical and inspiring about hearing a 5 year old boy speak such wise words. ♥ ♥ ♥