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Does the architecture of this building remind you of a famous war scene? That's right. The building has been designed to remind you of the famous scene of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima in World War II both on the outside and on the inside of the museum. The day we visited the museum we were lucky enough to meet a marine who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima. This lovely gentleman told us that he is now volunteering at the museum to tell the story of Iwo Jima since the death of his dear wife. He did a great job explaining the battle of Iwo Jima and answering questions of the crowd of visitors. Earlier in the day we had heard him playing the piano outside of Tun Tavern at the museum. He was playing romantic serenades in the fashion of Mancini or Montavani. Very relaxing and lovely.
The granite lobby with the U.S. flag and the marine flag and examples of marine air craft used in various landing operations.
I can never ever leave a museum without checking out the gift shop. On this day I found a giant leggo version of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima! Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of the museum. To see more photo of the museum see my blogs for Wednesday morning and Thursday morning of this week. To learn more about the National Marine Corp Museum at Quantico, Virginia go to this site: http://www.mcmuseum.com/
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This speaker then pointed out the man at the bottom of the painting holding a beer mug and said his name which I now forget. He asked us if we knew why this man was in the painting. We said no. He then said that he didn't know either until one day this man in the painting walked into the Tun Tavern and announced that's me in the painting so the speaker asked him what he had done to deserve to be in the painting. The gentleman replied because I gave $250,000 to have this painting created for Tun Tavern.
Our guests enjoyed the speaker's talk and then proceeded to eat with gusto the marine burgers and beers that appeared at our dining table. I would recommend eating at Tun Tavern versus The Mess Hall at the museum. But do get there early. It fills up quickly since there are only around 30 seats in the tavern.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Near the front entrance to this lobby we noted the U.S. flag, the marine flag and a type of non-manned plane that is currently being used for bombing operations in Afghanistan.
The day we were at the museum which is located at Quantico, VA there was a boy scout troop taking a guided tour of the museum.
There was also a contingent of young navy personnel touring the museum. We were wondering if they were from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Now back to that glass roof. Look at the bottom rows of glass and you will see black tape covering bullet holes in the glass. Yes, our new D.C. sniper has shot out windows here as well as at the pentagon and a marine recruiting station and a coast guard recruiting station in Northern Virginia. The sniper shootings started October 19 and in spite of intense investigations by various authorities including the FBI this person still has not been apprehended. Scary.
Tomorrow I'll tell you about our lunch experience at the Tun Tavern at the National Marine Corps Museum.
Final Thought For The Day: This past Sunday, November 14, was the anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps. Celebrations for the anniversary had already started the previous weekend that we were there.
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Barney, the black lab, settled down under the picnic table and sampled the pebbles on the ground. LOL!
And all the humans are busy checking out the various breeds of dogs.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
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Jack Hendrickson who moved to Arizona from Illinois named his new restaurant after another Tombstone legend, Ed Schieffelin who long ago had discovered two silver mines right outside of Tombstone that had earned him the nickname "The Lucky Cuss". Jack Hendrickson following in his idol's footsteps also thought he was "The Lucky Cuss" to be able to live and work in Tombstone so he named his restaurant The Lucky Cuss.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
These were freshly baked bread balls that you dipped in olive oil, butter and spices.
Oh my! So delicious but so bad for you!