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8th Graders Go to Washington, DC

8th grade students in front of the Whitehouse.

Recently, 8th grade students at PRMS took a class trip to our capitol, Washington DC. It was a three day, two night trip where they were able to experience our nation’s history in a very real way. National monuments, museums and other historical attractions gave students a glimpse of how our nation has transformed from a band of thirteen colonies to one of the most powerful nations in the world.

Although the strength of the United States is undeniable, it has not been an easy path. The sacrifices of the men and women of this country are noted in many of the museums and monuments students visited. One of the first memorials visited was the Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial. Stationed outside the walls of Arlington National Cemetery, this memorial gave everyone time to reflect on the sacrifices made and lives lost to help protect and ensure our freedom.

They also took a tour of the metropolitan area of DC, and Arlington National Cemetery. At Arlington the students had a chance to walk through the grave sites, visit the final resting place of the Kennedys and witness the eternal flame. Many even got to see the prestigious Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The other monuments this trip included were the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, and the JFK Memorial. These monuments provided a great opportunity for personal reflection and remembrance to all of the sacrifices made to help our country form into something greater.

Students took a tour through the Smithsonian museums, where they saw many important and amazing American artifacts. There are over 19 buildings in the Smithsonian complex and include the American History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the African American History Museum, as well as several art galleries.

Some students went to the Holocaust museum, where they experienced what life would have been like in the days of WW2 and the hardships that were faced by many.

This was an amazing trip for both students and staff. Many students had never been to Washington DC before which made this opportunity a truly unique and wonderful experience. Certainly this visit to our nation’s capital will be one that students and staff will remember.

Written by: Madison Heartley
Posted: Apr 10, 2014 by Christine Courtney

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