Red Cross Get’s a Make-Over

 

Martha at the Helm

As some folks know, I am a DC city guide.  The 2013 guiding season is underway despite the see-saw weather.

The newest memorial, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr,  is proving to be a big hit.  It may be the most well lit memorial for night time viewing in the city.  King’s words are crucial to the space.  The quotes have been superbly lighted from below.  (Since you asked, WWII is the worst lit, with many inscriptions disappearing when the sun sets.)

I had a delightful group of students this past Saturday.  We saw the sights for 11 hours, metro-ing our way around the City.  During the visit to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial we were at the part honoring women who served. The role of  nurses and war came up.  I asked them who started the American Red Cross and was instrumental in helping soldiers and families during the Civil War.

A hand shot up.

Martha Stewart

“Martha Stewart”, was the firm reply.

This easily makes my list of best Clara Barton stand-ins, bumping the previous reply of Betty Crocker from the number one position.

Of course, no one is immune from the occasional gaffe.  Last year I told 55 adults staying in Crystal City that they could  visit the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial by taking the hotel’s space shuttle over and the metro back.

I heard about that for the rest of the trip.

Houston, we have a problem.

 

 

 

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Dan Terry
Farewell to Dave McCormack
A Good Man and a great Union Leader. I always liked Dave,even if he was kinda short in Stature. He had a big heart.
2015-05-18 22:12:13
Eric Lamar
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Thank you, Tony--As you know, it was a fun, if long, week. Eric
2015-05-11 17:08:06
Tony Infantino
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Eric, you have long impressed me with every blog, but this was definitely one that hit close to home. I appreciate your intense sarcasm with things we deal with touring in DC. I grabbed everyone around the office to share your post. Epic...especially about dangling the eighth grader. Priceless. Thanks my friend.
2015-05-11 17:04:11
Eric Lamar
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Laugh-out-loud. Thanks, Brenda. Eric
2015-05-11 12:28:39
Brenda Mckelvin
Guiding: The One That Got Away
As the temperature in D.C. leaps from 30 degrees to over 90 degrees. ..I am reminded of my favorite Biloxi Blues movie quote...It is hot.It's Africa hot. I have repeated this phase alot over the past seven guiding seasons. However a group high school students from South Africa "shocked and awhed" me with their response..."Washington,…
2015-05-11 10:59:28
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