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FC: By Emma O'Brien | My Washington D.C Trip

1: Washington D.C was a very fun trip. I learned a lot about America's history and how our government operates today. In my opinion, it was a very successful trip that I will never forget.

2: Arlington Cemetery | The first place we stopped on our trip was at Arlington Cemetery. This is a very special burial ground of those who changed our country forever. What made it extra special was that we visited on Veteran's Day. You are eligible to be buried there if you were in the armed forces in active duty, and reached the age 60. Also, all former presidents are eligible, as well. William Taft and John F. Kennedy are the only presidents who chose to be buried there. John F. Kennedy has a very interesting memorial known as the "eternal flame" (In the picture below). It is called the eternal flame because it will never go out, it is on a gas tank that will supplies it oil forever. The Arlington Cemetery was built in 1802, and not intended to be a cemetery, rather a living memorial for George Washington. Now, there are more than 250,000 graves on the land. This is very important to me as an American because it shows just a fraction of how many people died for our country. It makes me feel more grateful for the country I live in. | The Eternal Flame

3: The Changing of the Guards | at Arlington Cemetery | The Changing of the Guards is a very important ceremony that happens every hour at Arlington Cemetery. The purpose of the soldiers at Arlington, are to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a place where all soldiers without a tag are buried. It is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in any weather. In this ceremony, the soldier takes 21 steps to the end of the black mat, turns east for 21 seconds, then turns north for 21 seconds, and walks back down to repeat the process again. The 21 in this cycle represents the 21-gun salute. This ceremony is important to me as an American because it shows that Americans care about everyone who died for our country, and we make the effort to protect them. The guards are also very proud to honor all the service members who are "Known but to God."

4: World War II Memorial | Shortly after out visit to the Arlington Cemetery, we went to the World War II Memorial. This memorial is much newer than the others we saw. It was open to the public on April 29th, 2004. The purpose of this was to honor all the soldiers who died for our country in WWII. The memorial has 56 pillars, representing each state who fought for the U.S. This is important to me as an American because it is honoring the brave soldiers who lead us to victory. It is also important because it shows that we work as one, with the rope like statue tying each pillar together.

5: Lincoln Memorial | One of my favorite memorials is the Lincoln memorial. I like this one because of its Greek design and use of marble. This memorial was built in the time period of 1914-1917. It was designed by a man named Henry Bacon. The building has 36 columns which represent the number of states in the Union, at the time of Lincoln's death. This monument is significant to me as an American because it honors Abraham Lincoln, and his work for this country. Without him, we may not have the United States of America. We could have been split in two by the controversy over slavery.

6: Capitol Building | One of the places we visited was the Capitol Building. We went through it's Visitor Center, saw a movie and got a tour. It was very interesting to see all the different rooms in the building. The original Capitol Building was built in 1793, but it went through a lot of renovation. It was burnt down, rebuilt, extended and restored to the Capitol Building we know today. Each year, it is visited by about 3-5 million people all around the world. The Capitol Building is important to me as an American because that is where laws and rules are discussed, debated, and made legal.

7: Iwo Jima Memorial Statue | Another place we stopped at was the Iwo Jima Memorial Statue. Iwo Jima was one of the most historical battles in World War II. It was when our marines captured Iwo Jima, a small island where Japan performed kamikaze attacks. The memorial is based off a real picture during the battle. The sculpture's name was Felix DeWeldon. Later, it was cast in bronze and sent to Washington. The statue is 32 feet tall, but the flag pole raises its height to 60 ft. This statue is important to me because it shows that America works as one, for justice. The soldiers are working as a team.

8: Maddie & I on the bus | Riley, A.j., Ally, Robert, Sasha, Molly, Lily and I at the Capitol | Molly, Lily, Maddie and I in Baltimore

9: The White House | Another place we stopped to look at is the White House. We did not get to go on a tour here, but we looked at it from the outside. The White House is very pretty and it has the similar look as the other buildings with the pillars in the front. The White House started to be built on October 13, 1792. John Adam's was the first to live there, however it was unfinished at the time. Construction ended in 1809, with Thomas Jefferson as President. It is important to me as an American because it is where the president lives. | Maddie, Lily and Molly at the White House

10: Molly, Justin, James and Francesca | l | Lexi and Lily on the bus

11: One of our last stops was to the Vietnam War Wall Memorial. This wall names all the people that died in combat during the Vietnam War. What we had to do for Civics is find two people on the Internet who died , and who has their name on the wall. Then you would have to find their name on the wall and do a rubbing. The construction of the Wall took a long time. It's plans were created in March, 1982, and it was officially a memorial on November 11, 1984. There are exactly 58, 261 names on the memorial. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is important to me as an American because it honors all the people who died for our country during the longest war our country has experienced. | Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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