Good evening, everyone. Action News Photographer Richard Harmelink, Producer Marquese Brown, and I just wrapped up our first full day in Washington, D.C. The guys are currently putting the finishing touches on our first report that airs tonight on Action News Live at 11.
We had a good day... starting this morning (6am Pacific Time) shooting video at various places around Washington that we want to show you.
First stop... The Pentagon. We went to see the 9-11 Pentagon Memorial and to look at the tribute to Lemoore native and former Bulldog football player, Lt. Cmdr. Otis Vincent Tolbert. The Navy Veteran was working in the Pentagon when the terrorist-controlled jet slammed into one of the walls. The Memorial is a solemn and wonderful tribute to those who died in the Pentagon and on the plane. I'll show it to you in an upcoming report on Action News.
The Lincoln Memorial is amazing... just walking up the steps in the heat and humidity is... inspiring... as the full figure of President Lincoln comes into view. On each side of the great man... carved into the walls of the monument... are the words of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address. Have finer words ever been written?
The Reflecting Pool on the National Mall -- remember "Forrest Gump" -- is drained and currently under construction. The pool became stagnant. The work will create a new filtration and circulation system for the pool with the water actually flowing from the nearby Potomac River. The effort should be complete in a few more months and should be magnificent.
The WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War Memorials are extremely moving and a must see. We witnessed many veterans with tears in their eyes as they gazed at the structures and statues. The best words at the Korean War Memorial... "Freedom is not free".
Near the Vietnam War Memorial... I suddenly heard someone call out my name. To my surprise, it was Jose Aguilar, his wife, and daughter from Sanger. They are wonderful folks on a vacation in Washington... seeing the sights... and traveling across the country. Their daughter, Jackie, is going into the 8th grade and will be studying American History. I hope she gets extra credit for this trip! Her Dad is an Iraqi War Veteran and I think even he was awed by the sacrifice represented by all the Memorials and Monuments.
We shot our story at the White House tonight. I interviewed one of the Deputy Press Secretaries regarding the Obama Administration's report on their investment in rural businesses and what we can expect tomorrow when we interview the President one-on-one.
I've been reading many of your Facebook comments when we aren't on the run. Thanks to everybody for the encouragement and I hope we get some real answers on Monday from the President.
Best to you all and see you Live from the White House on Monday!