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CAM Washington DC/NYC Trip in the Books

By: SPY Staff who travelled to NYC and Washington DC


On Monday, March 26, 48 students and 17 adults met at the high school by 10 p.m to load a charter bus for Kansas City and then on to NYC and Washington DC. This gave us time to weigh everyone’s luggage to make sure everyone was under the 50 lb limit, and get the Washington DC T-shirts to everyone.  We left the school around 1:30 a.m. (about an hour late).

On Tuesday, the 27th of March, we visited Chinatown, Little Italy, Grand Central Terminal, and Times Square. We spent two hours touring in Times Square.  We went to places like the NBA store, Hard Rock Cafe, M&M store, Disney store, and many others.

Wednesday, the 28th, we rode the ferry, which allowed us to view the Statue of Liberty, as well as a few other things. Following the ferry ride, we went to Wall Street, toured the place where George Washington was inaugurated, went to St Paul’s Chapel, and also toured its graveyard. We stopped to get a bite to eat at the street vendors and attempted to capture some pigeons that were there. We also visited the 9/11 Memorial where we spent a few hours honoring all that happened that day.

On Thursday, March 29th, our first stop was at the IWO Jima memorial to view the statue of the soldiers placing the American flag. Then, we toured Arlington National Cemetery to view the graves of two presidents, William Taft and John F. Kennedy. We also viewed the grave of Lincoln’s son and Kennedy’s brothers. We learned the first burial in the cemetery was actually a slave. We were fortunate enough to participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Lexie Ehrman, Isabel Kinzie, Thomas Hensley, and Emma Penton helped lay the wreath. We viewed the massive National Cathedral and the Thomas Jefferson memorial. We also viewed the Franklin Roosevelt memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, and read quotes from both figures.

Friday, March 30th, found us touring the Library of Congress and then walking through a tunnel underground to the Capital for a tour.  From there, we saw the building of the Supreme Court, the American History Museum and on went to the Department of Agriculture for lunch.  After eating, we went to the Holocaust museum and got the chance to read stories from actual victims of the Holocaust. We rode the bus to Ford’s Theatre and were able to see where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.  Once we left Ford’s Theatre, we walked less than a block down to the Hard Rock Cafe and ate supper, which was pretty good.  After a much needed rest and delicious meal, we traveled to the World War II monument, which has a fountain in the middle with columns with the States’ names on them.  We went to the Vietnam Memorial, and while we were there, we took etchings of some names of people who died in the Vietnam War that were from the Anita area. We walked to the Abraham Lincoln Memorial and got to see views of the Washington Monument. We also walked to the Korean War Memorial, which had 19 soldiers, but during the day, there is a reflection from the sun which shows 38 soldiers to symbolize the 38 months the war was fought.  To end the day, walked to the Albert Einstein Memorial and took a pretty cool picture with all of us on top of the memorial.  Overall, it was a pretty fun day excluding all of the security in all of the buildings.

Saturday was filled with more sites and museums including the Air & Space Museum. We also toured Mount Vernon for most of the morning and we got to see George Washington's house, grave, and his homestead including the Potomac River. We headed to the airport around 4 p.m. and got back to the school around 1 a.m. 

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