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Day 4

Our last day in Washington, D.C. began with a trip to the National Zoo where students got to see two giant pandas along with many other rare animals. Our next stop was the National Cathedral for a tour. After a quick lunch, we visited the Bureau of Printing and Engraving – the students were excited to see where money is made and got to stand next to a million dollars! We then drove to our final destination, Mount Vernon. We got to tour George Washington's home and see his gravesite. The students have had a wonderful trip and we look forward to returning to sunny Florida.

Day 3

Day three in Washington, D.C. began with a trip to the White House. The students got to see Marine One land on the White House lawn. After walking to the Washington Monument for a picture stop, it was off to the World War Two Memorial followed by a short drive to the Pentagon. During the tour, the students got to see the 9-11 Pentagon Memorial Chapel as well as several corridors of our military headquarters. After the tour, the students spent time at the outdoor 9-11 Pentagon Memorial before walking to lunch at the Pentagon City Mall. After lunch, it was off to the Holocaust museum which many of the students were looking forward to seeing. We spent an hour before dinner at the Air and Space museum where kids got to see the Wright Brothers plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, and many other things with wings. A favorite were the flight simulators. Dinner was at Alfio's Italian Restaurant.

After dinner, we took a drive through historic Georgetown followed by a visit to the Air Force Memorial. The night ended with devotions with Miss Chessum. Tomorrow is another packed day before the flight home.

Day 2

Our students woke up on day two in Washington, D.C. hoping for snow, but to no avail. Disappointed as they were, the students boarded the bus after a hearty breakfast provided by our hotel. Our first stop for the day was Ford's Theater and Peterson's Boarding house where our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln was shot and died. The students got to see the box were he was shot, the gun that fired the fatal shot, the blood stained pillow, and the bed where he died. After some souvenir shopping, we stopped quickly at the law enforcement memorial and then went to Union Station for lunch. After lunch we traveled to Arlington National Cemetery where we climbed the hill to watch the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Four students were selected to lay a wreath at the tomb during a special ceremony. Following the ceremony, we saw the Challenger/Columbia memorials and the Kennedy Gravesites. We rode the metro to see the marines (Iwo Jima) memorial and then went to the national archives. The students were impressed by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution but were in agreement that after 200+ years, it was difficult to read. We spent an hour in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History; here, students got to see the hope diamond and other artifacts. Dinner was at Vie de France followed by a night tour of the Korean memorial, the Lincoln memorial, and the Vietnam memorial. One student found a relative on the wall at the Vietnam memorial! We concluded our night with devotions with Pastor Charlie. The students can't wait to see the Holocaust museum tomorrow. 

Day 1

Today, the 8th grade embarked on a four day tour of our nations capital. The students were at the airport at 6:30am and in the air by 8:30a.m. We landed in Washington, D.C. early, got our luggage, and began to tour the city. Our first stop? Lunch at the Ronald Reagan International Center where some students got to see a piece of the Berlin Wall. After lunch, it was on to the Library of Congress where students saw the Jefferson collection, the Gutenberg Bible, and where "National Treasure" was filmed. We took the underground tunnel to the Capitol for a tour. After a group photo on the steps of the Capitol, we made our way to the Supreme Court. We made a quick stop after the Supreme Court at the nations "attic," also known as the Smithsonian museum of American history. Students got to see the Star Spangled Banner flag, the dresses of the first ladies, and several pieces from pop culture. Next, we were off to dinner at "Sizzling Express." The buffet style restaurant was exactly what we needed! We boarded the bus for our last few stops of the night - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, FDR Memorial, and the Jefferson memorial. When we arrived at our hotel, we checked into our rooms, and had devotions with Mrs. Gordon. We had a great first day and look forward to more adventures tomorrow!