Today patriots across America were honoring those who fought and died so that we might live free. In DC -- on the mall...Rolling Thunder rolled into the nation's capital. Thanks to Denise Lee for the wonderful shots.
Denise wrote, "I was down on the Mall in D.C. today watching Rolling Thunder and saw this. I thought about you and knew you would love it. There were a bunch of these guys with "Free Gilad" flags on the back of their bikes but they were moving so fast I couldn't get them in the shot. This is the only one that turned out, but it's a pretty good picture of the flag with Gilad's face on it."
The Intrepid, launched 1798. The first USS Intrepid was a captured by the United States Navy during the first war against Islamic supremacism, First Barbary War.
Victory in Tripoli: How America's War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005.
UPDATE: Below photo, U.S. soldiers hold candles to mark Memorial Day at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, May 29, 2011. (hat tip annonymouse)