A Statuesque Occasion

Lil O, Mr. UpCyclist, Puppy Jedi and I recently went to Arlington National Cemetery to celebrate a new statue that was unveiled.  The statue is of our friend, J, who you might remember from this post and his hot pink fairy wings.

Right now, you are probably wondering, what?  A statue?  Here's the quick scoop.  The Arlington National Cemetery recently commissioned a new statue.  They wanted a bugler player from the Army Band to be represented.  Our friend, J, is not only a trumpet player in the Army Band and lovely human being - full of life and good will - but evidently, also the perfect size and proportion to be made into a statue.  See for yourself....

Here is our friend, J.....

Here is his true-to-life statue......It has eyelashes, his facial lines, a replica of his wedding ring, and all!

Need a backside-by-side view?

Crazy, isn't it?  And look how proud he is and how proud his family is of him.  I must say, our family - who adores J - is soooo proud, too.  And really, could this family be any cuter and prouder?

 The girls were happy to celebrate....

And since it was our first time to Arlington National Cemetery, we took advantage of looking around.  We saw JFK's gravesite, the eternal flame, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and friend J arranged a special time to Q and A with the tomb soldiers - those soldiers are so dedicated.

Puppy Jedi was thrilled that "well behaved" dogs are welcome at the cemetery.  He was a model dog-citizen that day and only gave the cemetery squirrels a hard time once or twice.  Is it just me, or is Lil O an illusionist with those twisty legs below?

And I must say, had I been alone at the cemetery that day, I would have cried a river.  All those tombstones.  All those soldiers who fought for freedom.  It reminded me that there is so much to be grateful for.....