Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

Peter and I were out of town visiting his parents this weekend so this post is a little belated, but I really wanted to say a huge "Thank You" to all of our brave men and women in the armed forces - those serving currently and those who have served in the past. I'm SO thankful to live in the United States and enjoy all of the freedoms that come with being an American, and I'm also SO thankful for our troops who sacrifice so much to ensure those freedoms. My grandfather was a Marine and served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and I'm extremely proud of him and other relatives and friends who have served in the military. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Peter and I went to the Andrews Air Force Base Air Show with friends a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to share some pictures that I took there since they tie in with Memorial Day. Seeing our military in action was thrilling, and I certainly felt proud to be an American that day :)

Soldiers enjoying watching the air stunts from a primo spot :)

A Blue Angel up close and personal.

The Thunderbirds. AMAZING! If you ever get a chance to see them in action, take advantage of it!

This is the work of a group called the "Skytypers." Pretty neat, huh? The messages were made with puffs of smoke and lasted about 5 minutes.

A bit hard to see, but those are very talented parachutists! They were flipping around and doing zig-zags and other crazy stuff. I totally thought that they were going to crash into each other and/or the ground, but they came out (of course) unscathed :)

My husband is an aerospace engineer specializing in helicopters so this picture was obligatory :) I think this is a Black Hawk. Or maybe a Chinook? I'm obviously not an expert in distinguishing helicopters yet! 

Peter on a Navy Seal boat. The different special ops forces had displays of their equipment, uniforms, weapons, etc. set up in a hangar, and let me tell you, our special ops forces are impressive!!!