D.C. Day 3: White House, Arlington, Air & Space

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D.C. Day 3: White House, Arlington, Air & Space
DC Day 3

This morning we woke up early to start our jam-packed day. We began by driving down (with Starbucks in hand) to Lafayette Square and the Black Lives Matter Plaza. Student researchers shared their work with the group and informed others on the historic significance of each site. This also came with lots of views of the White House, our nation’s most iconic home.

With some time to spare, we visited the World War I Memorial, which honors those lost and the hard-fought battle our soldiers endured. A large painting depicts the soldiers holding each other up and standing strong for their country.

DC Day 3

This year, students had the opportunity to step inside the shoes of the president by taking a tour of the public wing of the White House, including viewing the Green Room, Red Room, and Blue Room, as well as two different dining rooms where parties and state dinners are hosted. We also peeked in on the in-house Movie Theater and a small library space. This was a quick but meaningful visit and was truly a lucky experience, especially for those who moved through more slowly and had an opportunity to see Marine One land on the back lawn.

Being that it was such a beautiful time of year in D.C., we picnicked in a park and enjoyed lunch outdoors as a group before heading to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This large museum engaged students with the history of aviation and space, and was an awesome experience altogether.

The most touching part of the day had to be our visit to the Arlington National Cemetery. The perfect lines of white gravestones honored the valor that soldiers have demonstrated for our country across centuries. Foote was able to honor those who fought for our freedom in this country by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which honors those lost that have never been identified. We also watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solder, which features incredible precision and attention to detail. In addition, we visited the graves of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John F. Kennedy, two influential leaders who served our country through their service.

After a short break, students arrived at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. While dining at the KC Cafe, the students enjoyed the hilarious murder mystery, Shear Madness, an interactive play about a tragedy at a hair salon. With all the unique characters and twisting plot, it was a great way to end a long day.

DC Day 3
DC Day 3

 

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