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This is my 400th post at Trekearth.

At the outset, I wish all my Trekearth friends a Happy St. Valentine's Day, although this photo may not represent the best subject for the occasion.

Recently I submitted a photo, "The 6x9 Phalanx" showing a group of young marines rehearsing for a graduation ceremony. The setting was the atrium of the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia. The present photo shows the exterior of building, seen from Rt. 95. On a cold morning two weeks ago, I was driving south when I came across the silhouette of the building surrounded by bare trees with a backdrop created by the glow of the sun rising to the east. A light dusting of snow covered the ground, giving the scene an altogether frigid atmosphere. The unusual angle of the massive post projecting from the top of the building apparently replicates the angle of the flagpole in the Iconic Photo shot on February 23, 1945 during World War II. A YouTube video that I just came across reenacts the event, the "Raising of the Flag in Iwo Jima".

Route 95 in the East Coast of the United States connects the northernmost state Maine and the southernmost state Florida, a distance of 3060 km (1900 miles). Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC and Miami are among the cities that lie on this "North-South Corridor." Just 40 km (25 miles) south of Washington, DC Rt. 95 passes through Quantico, Virginia, home to a major US Marine Base, as well as to the FBI Academy. A dozen years ago, one of the most grizzly films ever made, "The Silence of the Lambs,", featuring Jody Foster, started out in this area.

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