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Visiting George Washington's Grave

Here I am outside Washington's tomb on his estate (well, it was his estate until he died -- now it belongs to the country he fathered) at Mount Vernon, Virginia. Behind me, you can see the sarcophagus containing the man who was "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."

My pilgrimage to Washington's tomb took place on April 15, 1991. I was married less than three months, and my wife and I were on our belated honeymoon. The first week of this trip was spent in Virginia, where my wife's family lives, and then we went to Las Vegas for a week. Since there are no Presidents buried in Las Vegas, I had to have my fun in Virginia.

My mother-in-law accompanied me and my wife down to Mount Vernon, where we traipsed through the house and the outbuildings, then down the path through the woods to Washington's tomb. I had a real bad sty in my left eye this day, and it was swollen to the size of a golf ball. This is why I'm standing at an angle to the camera. You can almost see me asking, "Do I look normal at this angle?"

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...The George Washington Papers...
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...Valley Forge National Historic Park...
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...Hanover College's page on President Washington...
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