I did not get to the National Mall today – a work mate went down earlier than my lunch hour and reported back that the line to get through the security checkpoint into the area near the Reflecting Pool was long; very long. It extended from the WWII Memorial to beyond the Washington Monument – a distance of about .4 of a mile. On Saturday we did not have to pass through a security checkpoint – that’s the difference that a few Presidents will make!
I don’t think my friend will mind if I use his photo (thank you MW). That’s the Washington Monument on the right and the WWII Memorial is on the far left; the Reflecting Pool is in-front of that (out of frame). Click on the photo to see it better.
I took over 300 photos on Saturday. An event like this gives one “permission” to be snap-happy and there can’t be much expectation of privacy if you are a participant in the crowd. I’m sure the manservant & I appear in other people’s photos. I met fascinating people while I was snapping and I offered, and took, photos of people with their own cameras. I also had people give me email addresses and ask if I would send photos I’d taken of them. I got a lovely thank you message from one person which closed with “Kindness is contagious in such an atmosphere”. Yes it is and if I’m still here when the 75th anniversary rolls around I will definitely attend – even if I have to roll a walker over all that grass!
So here is a collection of people shots – click on any to enlarge it.
This had to be the most stylish lady there…..
And this guy had great hair:
And there was just a really wonderful collection of people and characters gathered together in a peaceful manner. Click on any of the thumbnails to enlarge the photo …..