With the best weather in the history of history (seriously, it’s beautiful) and a great agenda for the day, what can beat today? Plus, it’s Earth Day! We began the day with our best ever visit to Arlington National Cemetery. The weather, our drivers, and the length of time made it perfect. We visited JFK’s grave, the Lee House, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The highlight of the morning (and, for many of use, the week) was seeing four USM students laying at wreath at the Tomb. It always gets me (sniff, sniff) … must be my allergies. Check out the ceremony here!
We took a quick trip to the Marine Corps Memorial, and kids loved the huge statue of the flag raising on Iwo Jima. Ask them how many hands are holding the flag! After lunch with Ronald Reagan, we all went to the top of the Washington Monument. It’s the best way to see all of DC and review where we have been (and where we will be tomorrow).
Our final historical stop was one of the most difficult – the Holocaust Memorial Museums. Some students rush through the museum and don’t give any thought to its significance, but not our young tourists. They were model visitors, taking in all of the emotional history of the amazing museum. I must give a special thanks to Mrs. Reimer, who did such an awesome job preparing them for this subject last year in English class. You would all be so proud!
It’s off to the boat cruise!
Taft - AMERICANHISTORY RULES!
MONDAY, APRIL 19 Depart for Baltimore Hotel check-in
TUESDAY, APRIL 20 Breakfast at hotel Meeting with Senator Feingold Tour of U.S. Capitol at new Capitol Visitor Center
National Gallery of Art Lunch at Union Station Ford’s Theater National Archives National Zoo Dinner at Pentagon City Mall Evening Tour of memorials (WWII, Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans, Korean Veterans)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 Breakfast at hotel Depart for Gettysburg Visit Gettysburg Cylclorama and Musuem Tour Gettysburg National Military Park Lunch at Gettysburg Outlets Drive back to D.C. Museum of Crime and Punishment Dinner Games at ESPN SportsZone
THURSDAY, APRIL 22 Breakfast at hotel Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Laying – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Pentagon and Air Force Memorial Lunch
Washington Monument American History Museum Holocaust Memorial Museum Potomac River Dinner Cruise, including dinner
FRIDAY, APRIL 23 Breakfast at hotel, serenade Mr. Schwieters Hotel check-out Mount Vernon
Tour of FDR Memorial and Jefferson Memorial Lunch Smithsonian Museum - Natural History Air and Space
Dinner at airport Depart D.C., Return to MKE