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8th Grade Students Head to Washington, DC

8th Grade students outside of the White House.

  The Eighth Grade field trip to Washington D.C. was very eventful. On the first day when we arrived in the nation’s Capital, after our nine-hour drive, we hit the ground running. Right off the bat, we were in Arlington National Cemetery, where we witnessed the changing of the guard, saw the Eternal Flame at the Kennedy Gravesite, and witnessed glimpses of a few funerals. The next stop was the Iwo Jima Memorial, which features five men struggling to raise a flag, and the amazing optical illusion that the flag is being raised as you drive around the monumental statue. The World War II Memorial was gigantic, truly a work of art. After a stop for dinner, we went on a ghost tour in historic Alexandria, Virginia. Many ghosts layer the town in rich history; the brick walls hold so many stories.

Day two was our full day in the city. At the Lincoln, Vietnam, and Korean Memorials, there was a light drizzle, which suited the somber mood. After paying our respects, we moved on to the Holocaust Museum, a very emotional place. When we left, the unanimous thought was “Never Again.” The weather cleared up in time for us to go to the Capitol, and get a small tour of the place where legislation is made. Our next tour was the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where there were lots of airplanes, spaceships and science memorabilia. We then went to the MLK Memorial, a stone of hope in the mountain of despair. The FDR Memorial was right around the corner, where we viewed the four terms of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. We were caught in a surprise rainstorm and then we visited the Jefferson Memorial.

Day three of the trip, our last day, included a morning spent touring Mount Vernon, which is George Washington’s vast estate. Next stop was the White House for pictures. The final stop before our journey home was the Smithsonian American History Museum, where we saw relics such as Dorothy’s red slippers, the flag that inspired our national anthem, and the First Lady’s inaugural gowns. One could say that we spent this memorable trip walking in the footsteps of giants.

Written by: Megan Landrum and Anna Cassidy, 8th Grade Students
Posted: Apr 02, 2015 by Christine Courtney

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