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Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day, West Point, High Noon, 21 Cannon Salute

Yesterday was a down-day in Croton on Hudson to catch up on some boat projects that didn't quite get finished before departure.  It was a long and tiring day, but productive.  This morning we pushed off and headed further up the Hudson to Poughkeepsie to meet up with John who happens to be there for a few days.

West point was the highlight of this segment, and it's quite the medieval-looking fortress.  The rail line actually runs through a tunnel that goes right through their basement.

West Point, looking north

West Point, looking north

Then, as we rounded the point, a canon fired.  I looked at the clock, and it was high-noon on Memorial Day.  Sure enough, we got to witness their 21 Cannon Salute.  It was quite moving thinking off all the kids who have given their lives for our country.

The picture below is the view south towards West Point, and you can just barely see the clearing and flag pole at the top of the hill where the salute was delivered.

West Point, looking south
The rest of the day was a hot and steamy, but pleasant trip up the Hudson to Poughkeepsie where John joined u for the late afternoon and dinner.

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