When you went on your 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC , you had no idea how many monuments and memorials there were.
You didn’t even know how many museums there were, either .
Before you go, here’s some tips for you.
Some of you don’t know how to conduct yourselves when visiting some of these places .
This just doesn’t apply to the children.
But I’ll get to the adults later.
Sorry, I just have to get this out of my system .
On one of my way too many to count trips down to the Nation’s Capital , I’ve seen teenagers and tweenagers on spring break acting as though they’re in Csbo, Disneyland , Disney world or some other happiest place on earth rather than in Washington DC .
Please tell me what part of that memo that says , “RESPECT THE MONUMENTS ” don’t you all understand ?
This doesn’t mean to whip out the selfie sticks and start taking selfies at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or the Marine Corps Statue.
Nor should you be loud and obnoxious by running around the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery .
Don’t yell over to your friends “check this one out , dude!”, don’t you know Arlington is an active cemetery and there are funerals going on?
Lastly before I move on to the adults, why are you running through the halls of the American Indian Museum like you’re at recess or summer break?
Act like you know where you are .
Please don’t act the fool.
Monuments and memorials are just that.
Not your personal playground .
Adults, you aren’t exempt from my little ranting either, sorry.
Show some respect when you see the wading pool at the National World War 2 Memorial .
Unless you’re blind, or just don’t care, you must have missed that big sign at the entrance that says “NO WADING IN THE POOL.”
This means on one of those hot, sticky , and very humid days that Washington DC is known for, even if there’s no other place to cool off , please don’t do it here.
This memorial isn’t the place, even if the fountains look very inviting.
Save the dipping toes for the pool in your hotel .
Remember men and women died so that your rude butts could have the freedom to enjoy the memorials and monuments .
Please respect them.