Mr. Pounds goes to WashingtonWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | email@example.com
It was great to spend a recent few days back in the nation’s capital. It had been a few years since I last visited Washington, D.C. I was there to support the more than 20,000 people who live with multiple sclerosis (MS). We were there to push legislation that would support people with MS and other afflictions that cause immobility. (Please show your support and come to the Toledo Walk MS on March 30 at the University of Toledo’s Health Education Building.)
This was also an opportunity to visit my sister, Virginia, who has worked on the Hill since graduating college 30 years ago. She is a great resource for behind-the-scenes tours and this year she showed us the Capitol. My fiancée, Liljana, had never been to D.C. so that was an added bonus, as we listened to some amazing stories from our country’s history.
The best part of the trip, especially since my son Austin is in the Army, was a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. I have a grandfather who is buried there and it’s an amazing place. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the John F. Kennedy grave site are both moving things to see.
We explored some of the Smithsonian museums and that was a treat. The National Air and Space Museum was the best experience, with the Spirit of St. Louis hanging there as well as the Apollo 11 capsule that carried my hometown hero, Buzz Aldrin, who was the second man to step foot on the moon.
The other sites we were able to see on our brief visit included the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans National Monument.
All in all there is no place like it on Earth. Even with the discord in Washington today, it is always an honor to be in the nation’s capital to see firsthand the history and legacy that shapes and guides our country.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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