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I haven't forgotten....

I haven't forgotten about Philly! I just have not had the time to load my pictures on the computer and sort through them to see which ones I should post. We had a great time in Philedelphia! Our first stop was the Liberty Bell Museum, then on to the Ben Franklin Museum, a stop at the home of Betsy Ross, a brief time at historic Christ Church and a tour of Independence Hall. Hopefully, pictures will show up soon!

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Please pray.....

Please pray for the members of our travel group and especially our tour directors. Late this afternoon, a fellow traveler fell and hit her head quite badly. She was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. We found out later that she will be having emergency surgery tonight. One of her children is trying to get a flight from Minnesota to DC to be with her. It is a very serious situation. It is hard to think of "touring" after something like this happens. Our tour guides have never had to call 911 before and now they have had to do it twice during the 6 days we have been on the road. This situation is much more serious than the last. Thank you for your prayers!

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We are exhausted....

What a day it has been! We left the hotel this morning at 7:30 AM and arrived back about 8 PM. This entire time we were "touring."

Here is a list of what we experienced:
The Washington Monument
The Jefferson Memorial
The Lincoln Monument
The Roosevelt Memorial
The VietNam Memorial
The World War II Memorial
The Korean War Memorial
Embassy Row
The Tidal Basin
The White House
The National Cathedral
The IRS
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

We had lunch at the Pentagon Mall and supper at Union Station.

Tomorrow we have busy day. We will start at Arlington National Cemetery, spend most of the afternoon at the Smithsonian and then have a tour of the Captiol scheduled.

I am not posting pictures today because I took 256 them and I can't decide which ones to use!

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More presidential trivia....

Franklin Pierce—gave his 3,319 word inaugural address from memory without the aid of notes/only president to have no turnover in his cabinet/first president to have a Christmas tree in the White House

James Buchanan--only president that never married/when England’s Prince of Wales visited in 1860, so many guests accompanied him that Buchanan had to sleep in the hall/his successor received a note from him that said “dear sir, if you are as happy on entering the white House as I on leaving, you are a happy man indeed”

Abe Lincoln. – a man of perseverance; he was a failed business man, store keeper, farmer/he also failed at obtaining several political offices before becoming president/first president to wear a beard/ tallest president at 6 feet, 4 inches/first to be assassinated

Andrew Johnson-had no formal education/wife taught him reading and math/he was impeached but acquitted by one vote in the senate/buried between a willow tree with his head on a copy of the constitution

Ulysses Grant—victorious union commander received General Lee’s sword at Appomattox /died of throat cancer / established the first national park in 1872

Rutherford B. Hayes—would not campaign because, as an officer, he didn’t feel he could leave his post/ banished liquor and wine from the White House/established the first Easter egg roll on the lawn of the White House

James Garfield--last of 7 presidents born in log cabins/ campaigned from the front porch of his home/second president to be assassinated (2 months after being sworn into office)

Chester Arthur—diagnosed with a fatal kidney disease while in office/nicknamed “elegant Arthur” because of fashion sense/credited with saying, “I may be President of the United States, but my private life is no bodies …… business.”

Grover Cleveland--personally answered the White House phone/only president married in a ceremony at the White House/dedicated the Statue of Liberty in 1886

Benjamin Harrison—only president grandson of president and great-grandson to a signer of the Declaration of Independence/made 140 speeches in 30 days/first president to use electricity in White House—after he got an electrical shock, his family often refused to touch the light switches and sometimes would go to bed with the lights on

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An Angel in Disguise...

He was in the right place at the right time!

Last night, one of our fellow travelers slipped on the steps into the hotel. She fell hard and hit her head. There was a lot of bleeding and it required a ride in the ambulance to the local hospital. There was a group of military officers in training staying at the hotel and one of them hurried to aid our tour director in helping the injured traveler. He stayed with them administering some basic first aid. When the ambulance took her to the hospital, this officer found a bucket of water and broom. He set about cleaning the blood off the sidewalk. And then, he got in his own vehicle and drove to the hospital to bring the traveler and the tour guide back to the hotel after the injured had been treated. This morning he stopped in during our breakfast time to check on the traveler. He certainly went the extra mile to help us! As we departed from Gettysburg today, our tour guide took the time to acknowledge him and thank GOD for him!

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