Saturday, January 05, 1991

Trip to Washington DC

I convinced some of my friends from my AIT Company to make a day-trip into Washington DC with me on the weekend. The capitol is about 60 miles south from our base at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. Driving into the District, we went through the most run-down section of any city that I have ever seen in my life. It was a sharp contrast with the gleaming center when we arrived.

Noah in front of Reflecting Pool & Washington Monument
Our first stop was at the Lincoln Memorial in front of the reflecting pool at the west end of the National Mall. After visiting Lincoln sitting on his large chair we headed over to the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It is a sublime memorial in the way that the black granite wall covered with over 50,000 names blends down into the grassy landscape around it. It was a little difficult to find and we had to backtrack to find it. I really liked the statue of The Three Soldiers nearby.

Noah at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
It was a sunny day but it was freezing. The wind cut like a knife as we walked down the Mall towards the Washington Monument. We waited in line and took the elevator to the top of the monument which is 555 feet tall. Even through the narrow rectangular windows, we had great views of the surrounding area. After descending we walked over to the White House nearby, looked though the fence and observed a few groups protesting about Operation Desert Shield.

Noah in front of DC-3 at the National Air and Space Museum
We only had time to visit one of the famous Smithsonian Museums so we went to the National Air and Space Museum. It is a cool place to visit with all the historic planes and spacecraft hanging from the ceiling, including the Wright Flyer and the Spirit of St. Louis. Afterwards we walked over to the U.S. Capitol building and the nearby Supreme Court for a brief visit and checked out a Washington Metro station. The last place we visited was the National Archives where we got to view the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights under heavy plates of bulletproof glass.

Tuesday, January 01, 1991

Letter from Army AIT #2

Hello Dad,

Here is some more traveler checks. Could you put them with the rest? Thanks!

I found out I won't be graduating until January 29th, a week later than before. I go to FTX next week. It's going to be cold. It snowed here last Friday. I like it better with the snow. It was warmer out than when we just had ice.

I finished I Annex which is Auto Body. I start E Annex tomorrow.

Oh well, I gotta go now.

Love, Noah


Co. B 601st ORD BN
APG, MD 21005-5245