First Happy Flag Day and Happy Anniversary to the U.S. Army!
Today we started our day after breakfast with photos at the Iwo Jima Memorial. While there we saw the Marine Corp band practicing for the sunset parade. Then it was off to Arlington Cemetery. What a beautiful and somber site. We took the tram tour and visited President Kennedy’s grave, General Lee’s home and the Tomb of the Unknown soldier. At the Tomb of the Unknown solider we watched the changing of the guard ceremony. It is amazing to watch those soldiers move with such precision to show honor and respect to our fallen. After a quick lunch, we toured the World War II Memorial, Lincoln Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and Korean War Memorial. At the Holocaust Memorial Museum, we took a somber journey through the memorial. Each person was given a card with an individual’s story and at the end of the tour it was revealed whether your person lived or died. Before dinner we made a quick stop at the Einstein statue and then we took photos in front of the White House. We spent the evening dining and shopping at the Pentagon City Mall.
Here’s what today’s bloggers had to say:
Brittany is BECI’s delegate:
Her favorite part of the day was the Holocaust Museum.
Her least favorite part of the day was the DC traffic.
Today’s activities taught Brittany that even spouses and minor children of war veterans can be buried in Arlington. For example, President Kennedy is buried with his family.
Brittany would like to say to her loved ones back home…I love you and miss you all and cannot wait to get home.
Matthew is SLECA’s delegate:
His favorite part of the day was the Holocaust Museum also.
His least favorite part of the day was all the walking…but it was worth it. He enjoyed seeing all the monuments especially the holocaust memorial.
Today’s activities taught Matthew that the holocaust museum was an extremely informative and eye opening experience. I had heard much about the Holocaust but the exhibits made the truth of the Holocaust come to life.
Matthew would like to say to his loved ones back home…I like DC but can’t wait to see y’all at home.
Caleb is WST’s delegate:
His favorite part of the day was going to the Iwo Jima Memorial to see the Marine Corp Band and seeing the massive statue.
His least favorite part of the day was touring the monuments in the afternoon even though I was extremely tired.
Today’s activities taught Caleb about the many horrible things that happened during the holocaust in a new physical/visual way through the Holocaust museum.
Caleb would like to say to his loved ones back home…I’m enjoying my time, seeing things I never thought I would see. Miss you and Jesus loves you!!! :-)
To view our pictures from today go to the link below. We have 2 photo galleries one is from our Leadership Conference in March and the other is this week’s Youth Tour. New photos will be posted each night.