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Tuesday: 5 miles; not timed

It was beautious when I ran last night. It was cool-ish and the leaves were all orange and maroon! It was cloudy, but that just meant that I could run without my annoying cheap-o sunglasses. Since it was cloudy, I didn’t feel like waiting around for my Garmin to hook up so I ran without it.

Yesterday my friend Caroline sent me information on the memorial I couldn’t name near the Pentagon. Thanks, Caroline!

I took the following information from Wikipedia, because Wikipedia knows everything. Picture source.

The United States Air Force Memorial honors the service of the personnel of the United States Air Force and its predecessors. The Memorial is located in Arlington, Virginia, on the grounds of Fort Myer near The Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, at the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Joyce Street. It was the last project of American architect James Ingo Freed (known for the design of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) with the firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners for the United States Air Force Memorial Foundation.

The three memorial spires range from 201¬†feet (61 m) to 270¬†feet (82 m) high and appear to be soaring; its array of stainless steel arcs against the sky evoke the image of “contrails of the Air Force Thunderbirds as they peel back in a precision ‘bomb burst’ maneuver.” Only three of the four contrails are depicted, at 120 degrees from each other, as the absent fourth suggests the missing man formation traditionally used at Air Force funeral fly-overs.


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