A monumental first day in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Evans - 19 March, 2012

At 4 a.m. excitement raced through our minds.  A few people slept for the first four hours before breakfast but some people were too excited.

The 14-hour trip didn't take as long as we thought it would. We passed the time by sleeping, talking with friends, and listening to music. We built forts and did whatever we could to pass the time. At 6:30 p.m., we reached our destination.

After dinner at the Clover Cafe, we got on the bus to go to our first destination for the night. The WWII monument was the first monument we went to. We walked around the monument and looked at all states and where they contributed to the war. Next was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The wall was breathtaking with all the names that were engraved on it.  Next we went to the Korean War Veterans Memorial. It was cool that the monument showed how each of the soldiers had each others' backs. An interesting thing about these statues was that their faces were always looking at you.

The night was coming to a close and we were running of time. Next we went to the Lincoln Memorial. This was a very amazing place. To know that Martin Luther King had given his "I Have A Dream" speech right where I was standing was incredible. The statue itself was very impressive and many were in awe of the whole monument.

Finally we went to the Jefferson Monument. I was amazed by the Jefferson quotes on the wall. This monument was unique because there was corn and wheat by his feet. Jefferson requested this because he wanted everyone to know that he was a farmer.

Topics: 8th grade, Academics, civil rights, history, Middle School, Off-campus, the world, Washington, DC

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