When you’re a tour guide in Washington, D.C., you never know what you’ll encounter. Any given day, the nation’s capital plays host to all kinds of groups, protests, parades, and commemorations.
One Sunday a couple of weeks ago, I was guiding a Japanese tour through the city when we encountered a pretty unusual sight in front of the Capitol building. A row of about 25 policemen on horses, lined up across the National Mall.
The officers were from all different regions of the country, wearing distinct state uniforms and riding different breeds of horses.
It made a great sight, especially with the statue of Civil War General and President Ulysses S. Grant astride his own horse looming just behind them.
Turns out, it was National Police Week, and that Sunday was Peace Officers Memorial Day.