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Monday, November 21, 2011

Flashback Monday: Reston: The Volksmarch


Here's an interesting find from the Earth-Toned Wayback Machine: A brochure for a fancy "Volksmarch" held in Reston back in 1985! Unlike more recent marches with a German theme, "volksmarches" were relaxed community hikes with no military presence -- though the die-hards did wear patches and get little passbooks stamped when they finished their march stroll, all in the spirit of Teutonic recordkeeping precision.

Apparently the theme was "Reston: A New Town With Old Trees," and a contest was held to replace the question mark in the center of the logo with something more Reston-y. We're guessing there were images of trees involved and that the color scheme was appropriately earth-toned.

As a brief aside, your Restonian remembers walking in this very Volksmarch back in 1985, most likely under protest while listening to a fancy off-brand Walkman with a U2 cassingle in it or something, the end.


  1. "Reston uber Alles, Kameraden!"

  2. As the kids say these days, "What's a Walkman?"

  3. More to the point, "What's U2?"

  4. You had me at "cassingle."

  5. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonNovember 21, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    If they had marched all the way from Reston to Vienna, would that have been considered Anschluss" or "Drang nach Osten?"


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