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S: MCS: East Coast Trip-2011

FC: The Class of 2011 East Coast Trip | My Trip of a Lifetime

1: Memories that will never be forgotten... by:Trisha Hui March 6-12, 2011

2: Sunday -National Air & Space Museum -Dinner @ Burger King -Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Monday -Breakfast @ Westin Tyson Hotel -Arlington National Cemetary -Tomb of the Unknown Soldier -Smithsonian - Air & Space Museum -National Art Museum -Lunch @ Art Museum -Capitol Building -Library of Congress -Supreme Court -National Archives -Vietnam Veterans Memorial -Dinner @ Armand's Pizza -Lincoln Memorial -Korean War Veterans Memorial -Marine Corps War Memorial | Tuesday -Breakfast @ Westin Tyson Hotel -White House -Newseum -Lunch @ Newseum -National Museum of American History -Pentagon -National Cathedral -Dinner @ Sizzlin' Express -FDR Memorial -Jefferson Memorial Wednesday -Breakfast -Mount Vernon -Lunch @ Mount Vernon -Holocaust Memorial Museum -World War II Memorial -Washington Monument -Pentagon Memorial -Dinner @ Pentagon Mall | Itinerary for 3/6/11-3/12/11

3: Itinerary (continued) | Thursday -Breakfast -Gettysburg -Lunch @ General Pickett's Buffet -Drive to Philadelphia -Dinner @ Philly Cheese Steak Friday -Breakfast -Walking Tour of Philadelphia: Rocky Stairs, Benjamin Franklin's Grave, Betsy Ross's House -Liberty Bell -Independence Hall -Drive to New York City -Rockefeller Center -Times Square -Dinner @ Havana Central -Broadway: Wicked | Saturday -Breakfast @ Celeste Diner -Battery Park -Statue of Liberty -Ellis Island -Lunch @ South Street Seaport -Financial District: Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Trinity Church, etc. -Ground Zero: Freedom Tower, St. Paul's Cathedral, Big Cross, etc. Washington D.C. Philadelphia New York City

4: National Air and Space Museum | In the 1980s, this museum was built as a place to restore the growing collections of large aircraft and spacecraft. It also showcases the largest collection of these artifacts in the world. | One of the planes on display. (bottom) | Astronaut in a space suit. | Front of a NASA spacecraft. (left) | Another plane hung from the ceiling.

5: Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | This center presents theater, dance, ballet, and many different types of music. It is the nation's memorial to President John F. Kennedy. | Bust of John F. Kennedy | Hall of States | Hall of Nations | Gandhi's Peace Speech

6: Building in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier | The cemetary was established during the Civil War. The tomb was made with Yule marble from Colorado. | Arlington National Cemetary/ Tomb of the Unknown Soldier | Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with guard | Thurgood Marshall's Gravestone | Arlington Memorial Amphitheater

7: It is a center for research into the history and science of aviation and geophysics. Almost everything on display are the originals or backups. | Smithsonian - Air and Space Museum | Diagram of the Planets | Bathroom on a Plane | Wright brother on a plane | Chaperone group and I touching moon rock

8: It was established in 1937. The gallery includes paintings, drawings, and sculptures. | National Art Museum | Fountain near the entrance | National Art Museum Building | Painting of Magnolia flowers

9: It is the meeting place of Congress. It is the origin by which the quadrants of D.C. are divided. | Capitol Building from the front (left) | The Capitol Building | Statue of Freedom | Bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. | Fresco painted inside the dome (bottom)

10: It is research library of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world by shelf space and number of books. | The Library of Congress | Inscription on a wall | Arches and pillars inside Jefferson Building (left and above) | Painting of goddess Minerva

11: The Supreme Court | Interior of the dome | It was designed on a scale in keeping the importance and dignity of the Supreme Court. It rises four stories above the ground. | Supreme Court building from the front | Supreme Court Justices' chairs and tables (left and bottom)

12: The National Archives | It displays the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Apollo 11 Flight Plan. These are displayed in the main chamber called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. | National Archives building from the front (above) Brochure (right)

13: Vietnam Veterans Memorial | Vietnam Women's Memorial Statue | American flags and photo of a serviceman | Three Soldiers Statue | It honors the U.S. service members who fought in the Vietnam War. The Memorial Wall, designed by Maya Lin, is inscribed with the names of the servicemen who were confirmed as killed or missing in action. | Memorial Wall with names of servicemen

14: Lincoln Memorial | It was built to honor President Abraham Lincoln. The building is in the form of a Greek temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Lincoln. It also has inscriptions of the Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. | Lincoln Memorial from the front | Gettysburg Address | Statue of Abraham Lincoln

15: It commemorates those who served in the Korean War. The memorial is in the form of a triangle intersecting a circle. It was dedicated in 1995. | Korean War Veterans Memorial | Statues of Korean War Veterans (top and bottom) | Reflecting Wall of servicemen

16: Marine Corps War Memorial | It is dedicated to those who died in the defense of their country since 1775. It features the Marines and Sailor who raised the second flag over Iwo Jima. The figures are 32 ft. tall, and the flagpole is 60 ft. long. | Bronze statues of the five marines and sailor (top and right)

17: The White House | It is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. The house was designed by James Hoban and built of white sandstone in the Neoclassical style. | Brochure (bottom)

18: This is an interactive museum of news and journalism. It features fifteen theaters and fourteen galleries. It also displays the best collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs. | Newseum | Newseum Building | Newspapers about hurricane Katrina | Peanuts comic

19: This museum collects, preserves, and displays the heritage of the U.S. in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific, and military history. It also houses the original Star-Spangled Banner. | National Museum of American History | National Museum of American History | Julia Child's kitchen | Michael Jackson's hat

20: The Pentagon | It is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. It was designed by George Bergstrom, and it was dedicated on January 15, 1943. The Pentagon is the world's largest office building by floor area. | Aerial view of the Pentagon (bottom)

21: National Cathedral | It is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church. It is also the sixth largest cathedral in the world, second largest in the U.S., and the fourth tallest structure in D.C. | Cathedral ceiling (above) | National Cathedral | Cathedral seating (above) | Carving of Chirst and others (right)

22: FDR Memorial | It is dedicated to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the era he represents. He was President during the Great Depression and Wold War II. | Statue of Roosevelt in wheelchair | Great Depression breadline | Roosevelt and Fala | Memorial pillars and mural

23: Jefferson Memorial | It is dedicated to President Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. This building was designed by John Russell Pope. The construction began in 1939, and it was completed in 1943. | Memorial relection | Inscription of speech | Statue of Thomas Jefferson (left) | Jefferson Memorial

24: Mount Vernon | It was a plantation home that belonged to George Washington. The mansion is built of wood in a neoclassical style, and the estate is on the banks of the Potomac River. | George Washington's tomb | Blacksmith shop | Mansion from the front | Painting of Washington

25: Holocaust Museum | Adolf Hitler wanted to have a world that consisted of his "superior race." He sent Jews to concentration camps. Many of them were killed. | Sculpture in front of museum | Speech by Jimmy Carter | Holocaust Museum | Identification Card of Paula Wajcman

26: World War II Memorial | It is dedicated to those who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. The Freedom Wall has 4,048 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans who died in the war. | Freedom Wall | "Kilroy was Here" cartoon | Pillars inscribed with U.S. state names | World War II Memorial

27: Washington Monument | It is an obelisk built to commemorate George Washington. This monument is made of marble, granite, and sandstone. It was dedicated on February 21, 1885. | Washington Monument | Capitol Building | Cast Aluminum Tip | Views of: | White House | Jefferson Memorial | Lincoln Memorial

28: Pentagon Memorial | It is a permanent outdoor memorial to the 184 people killed in the building and on the plane on September 11, 2001. It was designed by Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman. | Memorial bench | Names of those who died on 9/11 | Side of Pentagon that was hit (left)

29: Gettysburg | The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1-3, 1863. It was considered as the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, and it was the turning point for the Union. | Cannon used in battle | Statue of Robert E. Lee on Traveler | Field where Pickett's Charge took place

30: Walking Tour of Philadelphia | Philadelphia means "brotherly love" in Greek. The city's was named by William Penn, who was a Quaker. This land originally belonged to the Indians. | Rocky Stairs | Betsy Ross's house | Benjamin Franklin's grave | Bust of Franklin (right)

31: Liberty Bell | It is a symbol of American Independence. The Liberty Bell was cast with a part of Leviticus 25:10. It originally cracked when it was first rung after its arrival from London. | Inscription of those who recast the bell

32: Independence Hall | This building was originally called the Pennsylvania State House. Both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed here. | Public court room | Painting of the Constitutional Convention | George Washington's Desk

33: Rockefeller Center | The Rockefeller Center was built by the Rockefeller family. It was named after John D. Rockefeller, Jr. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. | Skating rink in front of the center | Radio City music hall | Rockefeller Center

34: Times Square | It is a major commercial intersection. It was nicknamed "The Crossroads of the World" and "The Great White Way." | Times Square | M&M's shop | Mickey Mouse Taxi Figure | Times Square at night

35: Broadway: Wicked | This avenue is the home of many theatres. It is famous as the heart of the American theater industry. Broadway is located in Manhattan. | Wicked Poster | Comments outside the Gershwin Theatre (right) | Clock of Time Dragon

36: This is a 25-acre public park located at the Battery, the southern tip of Manhattan Island. It was named Battery Park because it had artillery batteries that protected the settlement behind it. | Battery Park | World Trade Center globe | Battery Park views (top and bottom)

37: The Statue ofLiberty | The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island. This national monument was a gift from the people of France. It was agreed that the U.S. would build the base, and France would provide the statue. | Brochure | View of NYC from Liberty Island | Statue of Liberty

38: Ellis Island | Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States. On the first day that it was open, 700 immigrants passed over the docks. After its opening, it was expanded, and additional structures were built. | Ellis Island immigration museum | Ellis Island immigrant | Immigrant children's shoes | Immigrant's luggage

39: The Financial District | It is made up of offices and headquarters of many of the city's major financial institutions. The Financial District includes the New York Stock Exchange. The World Trade Center existed in the neighborhood until 9/11. | Bowling Green bull | Wall St. Sign | New York Stock Exchange | Trinity Church

40: Ground Zero | The World Trade Center stood here until it was destroyed during the September 11 attacks. The collapse of the towers spread dust across New York City. A new tower is currently being built in its place. | Freedom Tower Construction site | St. Paul's Church | Ground Zero Cross

41: Experience Page: On my East Coast Trip, I liked being able to spend a whole week together with my friends, teachers, and classmates. I also enjoyed seeing all the different museums and memorials. Another thing I liked about this trip was the Broadway Show, Wicked. I enjoyed it a lot! I liked the bright lights in Times Square, the M&M's Shop, the White House, the food, the hotels, my tour guide, the bus driver, and basically everything else. I learned that God took an important role in our history and the making of our country. He supported the Americans during all the wars, helped our Founding Fathers when they didn't know what to do, and has revealed that He was always with us. He was with us in the past, He is with us today, and He will continue to do so in the future. God sent amazing and talented leaders to the earth. He set out a plan for us. America wouldn't be like it is today if God never helped us, but He did. The United States, once just a few colonies, grew into a unified country. We have made many mistakes. We shouldn't have had the Civil War. It caused many deaths during the process. We should try our best to remember those who sacrificed themselves for us, and we should always do what's right. We should treasure history. It is God's story, "His Story". I appreciate Ms. Shuler's hard work to make this trip possible.I appreciate Mr. Lee for putting aside his time to be my chaperone, and I also appreciate being able to learn more about the history of my country. I appreciate being able to have a safe bus driver and an amazing tour guide. I'm grateful for my parents who paid for this trip. I am grateful for my friends, teachers, and classmates because I could enjoy this trip with them. I am grateful that I could have wonderful memories of that one time I went to the East Coast with the MCS Class of 2011.

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