Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Whopper's final days in D.C.

The Colonel had just two major sights to see before returning to The Bunker. On Friday 20th, he visited the world famous United States Marine Corps War Memorial just North of Arlington Cemetery. The memorial features the 32-foot high bronze statues of Sgt. Strank, Cpl. Block, PFC. Sousley, PFC. Gagnon, PFC. Hayes and PM2 Bradley - the Marines and Navy Corpsman who erected the US Flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima in February 1945.

On Saturday, March 21st, The Colonel made one final unofficial visit, this time to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. There he experienced seeing WWII aircraft including the Enola Gay herself as well as the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Much to The Colonel's surprise he discovered the original United States Postal Service box which had been painted up as R2D2 and mass replicated for the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars. He made many vain attempts to touch it as it had been signed by not only the Postmaster General but also by one George L. Lucas!


Bruce Russell said...

So they didn't have the 1701 at the Air & Space Museum?

Lieutenant General Creedon said...

Apparently not. I was at the Air & Space Museum on The Mall on Friday, my understanding was that it was hanging in the shop? But I couldn't see it at all. I did see a Nuclear Missile however, that more than made up for it :)