Memorial Day weekend collided with Trinity Sunday this year. I preached a sermon titled “Cosmic!’ using Genesis 1:1 and Psalm 8. I referenced a movie called “The Overview Effect” which is definitely worth your time. It features great images from spacecrafts, and is narrated by astronauts and philosophers.
After worship, we walked down the hill to the National Mall to be part of “Rolling Thunder,” when thousands of motorcycles spend hours looping the Mall to bring awareness to the issue of POW/MIA troops.
We walked up “Thunder Alley” where you can buy riding gloves and black leather. I listened to the roar of the motorcycles, felt the street reverberate under my feet, and was blasted in the face with exhaust fumes. Rolling Thunder is a full-body experience!
We also hit a few monuments: the Lincoln monument, the Korean War Memorial, MLK monument, FDR monument. The weather was perfect. Then we “ate and ran” at a friend’s BBQ, because we were on the way to Wolftrap to hear the “President’s Own” Marine Band. This is a family tradition, so you can read about last year’s celebration here, if you’re curious. The format is the same every year, and the highlights include a stirring rendition of the 1812 Overture, the Stars & Stripes Forever, and a medley of the songs of all the Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Marines. The evening ends with a fabulous fireworks display.