On October 5, 68 eighth grade students and some of our teachers left for Washington DC. We
have been planning this trip since last school year. We arrived in the city and met George, our tour guide, who was with us for the entire trip.
For our first day in the city, after lunch at L’Enfant Plaza we went the Arlington Cemetery. At the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, we saw the changing of the guards and a wreath-laying ceremony. During the changing of the guards, we were all very impressed by the amount of effort displayed by the guards to respect the tomb. I had the honor of being one of the students who laid a wreath at the Tomb, and it was a very professional ceremony with every detail of what we were doing was in respect of the tomb.
That night, we toured the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorial and ate dinner together at Hard Rock Cafe. We arrived at our hotel after our long day of travel and touring, excited for what the next day would bring.
The second day in D.C. began with a tour of the beautiful Capitol Building and exploring the Library of Congress. Sunday was a fun filled day at the National Zoo and our choice of Smithsonian Museum in the National Mall. That night, we had fun bowling at Lucky Strike and getting ice cream.
During our time at the Holocaust Museum, we learned about this event from a historical standpoint. Most memorably, the museum was able to emotionally influence how you felt about this point in history. To me, the most powerful piece in the museum was the two sets of striped uniforms the prisoners were forced to wear in concentration camps. I have read about this clothing in, “Boy in The Striped Pajamas,” by John Boyne and seeing them in person made me think about history.
On our last day in our nation’s capital, we woke up early to drive to Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s home. Though we were sad to see our wonderful trip end, we will always hold the memories dear to our hearts.