Because I Love America First

I have said it here before that I’ve had a crush on Florence for years, but, truth be told, the first city I fell in love with hard was Washington, D.C.

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I really never had any interest in visiting D.C., but, as a college sophomore, I filled in for someone at the last minute to attend a leadership conference there. I loved everything about the city, but mostly, I loved how being there made me so proud, and grateful, to be an American. I loved it so much that I convinced Boyfriend (you got it, now Husband) to spend the summer between our junior and senior years on a school program, working, learning, and living right in the heartbeat of our nation. Which is how I never ended up on semester abroad — I loved America more.

I have long felt that I am able to love Italy so much now because I am American first. Like a child from a loving home feels empowered to venture away from the nest, so too can I love and explore another country, comforted in the knowledge that home waits for me.

Perhaps Daughter says it best:

“In some countries, girls can’t be whatever they want, so I’m glad I live in America.” Me too, Daughter, for both of us. I hope you grow up to be that geologist, if that’s what you still want when the time comes.

Wishing you blessings, joy and gratitude this 4th of July.

I find the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. especially touching. Here’s a small photo essay from our visit on a most gorgeous weather weekend last fall.

The Washington Monument viewed from the World War II Memorial:

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A tribute to those who served:

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Special thanks to the women of WWII:

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Never can resist visiting a library:Washington DC Fall 2015 025

Inside the Library of Congress:

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Thomas Jefferson’s Library:


Reflections and The Lincoln Memorial:Washington DC Fall 2015 060

This post first appeared on Prayers and Piazzas. All photos by Stacy di Anna Pollard.

8 thoughts on “Because I Love America First

    • I’m glad to hear that, Debra. 🙂 Washington, D.C. is a bustling with energy and history. Fall and Spring are really nice times to visit if you ever decide to. Hope you are well!


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