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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/25/2009

Scenes for Memorial Day

By Kevin Ambrose

* Showers and Thunderstorms Likely Through Tonight: Full Forecast *

The WWII Memorial decorated with flowers for Memorial Day, May 24, 2009.

I made a quick trip to the WWII and Vietnam Memorial on Sunday morning to capture a few photos and enjoy the great weather. As with each Memorial Day, there were many flowers, flags, and gift items left to honor those who died during the wars. On my trip into the city, I got a chance to see many bikers with Rolling Thunder on Rt. 66, but they exited before DC to assemble at the Pentagon before their ride into D.C. scheduled later in the day. I was able to find parking on 17th street, enjoy a nice hike around the Mall and memorials, and then head out before many of the roads were closed at 10:30 a.m.

Keep reading for a few photos from my trip....

The Vietnam Memorial Wall, inscribed with the names of service men and women who died while fighting in the Vietnam war, May 24, 2009.

A close-up of gift items and flags left at the wall, May 24, 2009.

A wide view of the Vietnam Memorial Wall, May 24, 2009.

The Vietnam soldier's statue, decorated for Memorial Day, May 24, 2009.

The Vietnam Women's statue, decorated for Memorial Day, May 24, 2009.

Placing flags at the Vietnam Memorial Wall, May 24, 2009.

The WWII Memorial decorated with flowers and flags, May 24, 2009.

By Kevin Ambrose  | May 25, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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Those are beautiful pictures. Thank you for taking them and posting them for all to see.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | May 25, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what they do with all the flowers, flags and gifts left at the memorials. It would be a shame to throw them away.

Beautiful pictures, by the way.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | May 25, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"More than a million people visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial each year, and they often leave items behind to help them pay tribute or heal or say goodbye to the thousands of American service members who died in the more-than-decade-long conflict.

"Every morning, park rangers pick up those objects and bring them to Duery Felton. He has been the proud curator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection in Landover, Maryland for 18 years. Since the memorial was completed in 1982, more than 100,000 items have entered that collection."

- Caring For Memories Left at Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Posted by: JamesMill | May 25, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link! It's good to know that all the memorabilia at the memorial has a home.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | May 25, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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