S: Washington '09
BC: The End
FC: Washington DC 2009 | 8th Grade Class Trip
1: The World War II Memorial was my favorite of all the sites we visited. It was very beautiful with a fountain flowing in the center. This memorial was built to show our thanks to the many soldiers who fought in WWII. On the left side of the memorial, there is a huge wall made of 4,000 bronze stars. Each one counts as 100 people, representing the 400,000 Americans killed in WWII. | WWII Memorial
2: Seeing the Lincoln Memorial was a really cool experience. My favorite part of it was the view from the top. You have a perfect view of the Washington Monument and the reflecting pool. We could even stand in the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous “I have a dream” speech. The statue of Abe Lincoln is so big that even the platform he stands on, is taller than me and everyone else! | Lincoln Memorial
3: The Korean War Memorial had a lot of emotion built into it. There was a huge marble wall that had the faces of soldiers carved into it. I liked the pool of water on the other side of the wall. | Korean War Memorial | There were also statues of all these soldiers walking forward together. People left American flags and flowers next to the statues. It really made you think about everyone who was affected from that war. It was a really cool memorial, and I liked it a lot.
4: The Iwo Jima Memorial stands for our country, its freedom, and those who gave their lives in the US Marine Corps. It is a big statue of a few men fighting over the American flag. It had a really cool feature to it. From the left side, the flag that they are all reaching for is leaning to the left side. But, as you move over to the right side, it appears as if the American flag is rising up. | Iwo Jima
5: The American History Museum had a lot of random, but interesting exhibits. There were old artifacts, like the cannon shown above that was used in war. Another item there was an old photography machine that was like a camera back then. It was cool to see everything that used to be around. There were some things in the museum that I did not understand why they were there. A Pikachu toy hung from the ceiling and there was a piece of a Dumbo the Elephant, Disney World ride. My explanation is maybe since Disney is a big part of the US, they want to have something to symbolize it, along with the rest of Americas history. | American History Museum
6: The Capital Building is one of the most important buildings in D.C. We got to take a tour of the inside and got to see rooms such as the Supreme Court Chamber. That is where they vote on everything in government. We also got to see the room that had a dome ceiling, and makes up the dome tip of the building. Along the whole dome are beautifully designed paintings and colors. | The Capital Building
7: The Vietnam Memorial was very sad to visit, but at the same time meaningfully beautiful. The wall had all the names of soldiers who fought in the war. It got taller and taller as it faced more toward the center. As in the picture, you can see your reflection perfectly if you look into the wall. Though it is sad to see how many people died in the Vietnam War, this memorial honors them, and gives them our appreciation for fighting for the US. | Vietnam Memorial
8: The Modern Art Museum was like nothing I have ever seen before. It was a really interesting type of art. There was artwork that had just a blank piece of paper with a line across it. It may not make sense, but it has meaning behind it, and really makes you think. | Modern Art Museum | More people should use modern art for inspiration for things. It is the type of art that is abstract and, in a sense, can mean anything you want it to.
9: A.j., Robert, Riley, Ally, Sasha, Emma, Molly and Lily at the Capital.
10: M | Meagan, Lily, and Molly on the way to the Modern Art Museum.
11: Ben getting off the bus.
12: Lily, Me, and Molly at the White House.
13: Clare, Franny, Emma, Molly, Lexi, Me, Lily, Riley, Liza, and Ally outside the White House.