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    Virginia’s Blue Ridge Railroad Heritage

    by Casey | Posted on May 21st, 2012

    Experience the splendor of the Roanoke Valley on a Blue Ridge Mountain Getaway all about the railroad.

    Visit the Virginia Museum of Transportation, celebrating the road, rail, and air. It alone will fire your imagination with decades-old steam, diesel, and electric locomotives. Little ones love the model trains, but their moms and dads might just enjoy the buggies and Jupiter Rocket just as much.
    Admission: $8/adult, $7/senior, $6/child (3-11)
    Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am to 5 pm; Sun 1 to 5 pm

    One of O. Winston Link's iconic photographs. Courtesy of O. Winston Link Museum.

    One of O. Winston Link's iconic photographs. Courtesy of O. Winston Link Museum.

    The O. Winston Link Museum is home to more than 300 of Winston Link’s dramatic black and white Norfolk & Western Railway photographs from the 1950s. Browse through seven galleries of the distinct images focusing on life along the railway, and also check out the 30-minute documentary.
    Admission: $5/adult, $4.50/senior, $4/child (3-11)
    Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily

    Families interested in both the Virginia Museum of Transportation and the O. Winston Link Museum can indeed visit both, and at a reduced rate: $12/adult, $10/senior, $8/child

    Stay a while with a train themed travel package!

    From $177 — Hotel Roanoke offers the Train Lover’s Package to include one night in a room overlooking the railroad, breakfast for two, two tickets to the O. Winston Link Museum, and two tickets to the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

     

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    PHOTOS: Where to Go this Memorial Day

    by Casey | Posted on May 21st, 2012

    A three-day getaway is a rejuvenating way for your family to reconnect, and you can do just that while visiting the historic sites that honor America’s fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend in Virginia.

    The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial) is dedicated to all Marines who've given their lives in defense of the United States since 1775. It is the largest cast-bronze statue in the world. Photo by Bill Crabtree, Jr.

    The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial) is dedicated to all Marines who've given their lives in defense of the United States since 1775. It is the largest cast-bronze statue in the world. Photo by Bill Crabtree, Jr.

    Near the Arlington National Cemetery is the United States Marine Corps War Memorial. On summer Tuesday afternoons you’ll find the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps performing “The Commandant’s Own” and performing precision drills. This Sunset Parade is open to the public and free of charge.

    Specialist Joseph L. Hull of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, also known as the Old Guard, maintains a faithful vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

    Specialist Joseph L. Hull of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, also known as the Old Guard, maintains a faithful vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

    Every conflict in which the United States has ever fought is represented by more than 200,000 veterans and their dependents who are laid to rest at the 612-acre Arlington National Cemetery.

    Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. A shrine to the thousands who have died in foreign wars and domestic to keep our country free. Established as a national cemetery in 1864 by Brig. Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs, it was the ancestral home of Robert E. Lee. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

    Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. A shrine to the thousands who have died in foreign wars and domestic to keep our country free. Established as a national cemetery in 1864 by Brig. Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs, it was the ancestral home of Robert E. Lee. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

    The fife and drums corp of Colonial Williamsburg, led by Lance Pedigo. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

    The fife and drums corp of Colonial Williamsburg, led by Lance Pedigo. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

    Colonial Williamsburg is America’s largest living history museum, consisting of 301 acres and 88 original 18th-century buildings. Dine in one of the four taverns, browse The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, and of course, participate in the period activities.

    Virginia War Memorial. Photo by Scott K. Brown.

    Virginia War Memorial. Photo by Scott K. Brown.

     The Virginia War Memorial in Richmond includes the Shrine of Memory – a place to read more than 11,600 names of Virginia veterans who perished in war. The Memorial honors all veterans, but particularly those killed in World War II, Korean, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf Wars. Also see the Torch of Liberty eternal flame, a reflecting pool, rose garden, and more.

    The National D-Day Memorial. Photo by Tony Hall.

    The National D-Day Memorial. Photo by Tony Hall.

    Why is Bedford, Virginia the location of the National D-Day Memorial? The town that suffered the highest per capita D-Day losses became the home of the Memorial, and that was Bedford. The Memorial pays tribute to the Allied Forces who participated in the largest land, sea, and air military operation in history – the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

    The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park commemorates the heroic acts which took place in April of 1865.  General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House to end the Civil War. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

    The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park commemorates the heroic acts which took place in April of 1865. General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House to end the Civil War. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

    Take the walking tour of the grounds at Appomattox Court House. The buildings are original and have been restored to their original condition. The McLean House is the location where Generals Lee and Grant created and signed the terms of surrender for the Civil War.

    Richmond National Cemetery. Photo by Bill Crabtree, Jr.

    Richmond National Cemetery. Photo by Bill Crabtree, Jr.

    There are 15 national cemeteries in Virginia. Visit one and speak a simple thanks to those who paid the price for the freedom you enjoy.

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