Washington D.C.

8th Grade Trip 2016

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument was built as a tribute to George Washington. This stands for his military leadership to the United States during the American Revolution.
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Lincoln Memorial

This memorial was built in 1922, but construction started in 1914, to honor our 16th president. Interesting facts: Lincoln's son lived to see the reviling of his monument. His statue is nearly double the size as planned
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Vietnam Memorial

This memorial honors the men who fought for the United States and died in the Vietnam War. This is a long black wall with a mirror affect. The whole wall as the name of every man that was killed during their service.
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World War II Memorial

This memorial is to honor and remember the 16 million soldiers who fought for the United States and 400,000 who died to keep us free. This is a big opening with pillars and a huge pool/ fountain. It also has the freedom wall which reads "Freedom is Not Free". It has military service seals of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Army Air Forces, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. And two America flags raised on poles.
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US Capital

The US capital building is where the meetings of the House of Representatives and Senate have taken place for two centuries. The design came from William Thornton, who won a contest as best designer. George Washington was supposed to be burried in a place called the crypt in the capital but he wanted to be buried in Mt. Vernon. No other building in Washington can be higher than the capital (monuments do not count as buildings)
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Supreme Court

Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Justice Elena Kagan and the judges on the Supreme Court. Members of the court are picked by the President with the approval and guidance if the Senate. The first Supreme Court was started in 1789 and had six justices.
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Holocaust Museum

The museum showed what life was like for the Jewish and other groups who were taking as slaves. It showed the Nazi's rise to power. Nazi's racial "science" and propaganda to the hatred of jews.
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American History Museum

This Museum has exhibits on classic musicians like Frank Sinatra. There are also sections for the first ladies and their dresses, gunboat Philadelphia, inventing America, Electricity Hall, on the water and many other exhibits.
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Arlington National Cemetery

This cemetery is still being put to use, but is expected to soon be full.

The White House

The White House is where the current President and his immediate family live during his presidency. The Chief executive and commander in chief do buisness of the people. The President is looked upon for the important decisions he makes in here.
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National Zoo

This zoo is located on 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008. You can find animals such as the giant panda, red panda, flamingos, elephants, monkeys, birds and many others. My favorite was the little owl in the bird house.

Dinner Cruise

My favorite part was going out on deck after we ate and looking over into the water.
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Travel and Hotel

The bus driver's name was Manuel. We spent a lot of time on the bus and it wasn't always on time, but it was much better that taking a regular school bus and the driver was very nice. My group including me, Melissa Torchio, Alexis Ayres and Casey Wilson. The hotel room was very nice and we had a window where we could see the beauty of Washington DC. The rest stops were a good break to stretch and eat. The little shops were fun to browse through.