FC: 8th Grade Washington DC Trip 2011
1: Trip Itinerary 3/6-3/12 By:Kyle Chin | Day 1 Udvar Hazy Center DINNER Kennedy Center Day 2 BREAKFAST Arlington National Cemetery Smithsonian:Air and Space Museum LUNCH Capitol building Library of Congress Supreme Court National Archives Vietnam War Memorial DINNER Lincoln Memorial Korean War Memorial Iwo Jima Memorial Day 3 BREAKFAST White House Newseum LUNCH Pentagon Smithsonian: National Museum of American History National Cathedral DINNER FDR Memorial Jefferson Memorial | Day 4 BREAKFAST Mount Vernon LUNCH Holocaust Museum WWII Memorial Washington Monument Pentagon Memorial DINNER Day 5 BREAKFAST Gettysburg LUNCH Amish Country Day 6 BREAKFAST "Rocky Stairs" Liberty Bell Independence Hall Rockefeller Center LUNCH Times Square DINNER Broadway Show- Wicked Day 7 BREAKFAST Battery Park Liberty Island Ellis Island LUNCH New York Financial District Ground Zero
2: Day 1 Udvar Hazy Center Kennedy Center
3: Udvar Hazy Center | F 22 Fighter Jet | Enola Gay | Tomahawk Missle | Space Shuttle | I learned that the Udvar Hazy Center is actually a hanger full of aircraft. I also learned that it houses life size models of the planes, not just scale models. | SR 71 Black Bird
4: Kennedy Center | JFK's head made of wood chips | the exterior of the Kennedy Center | I learned that the Kennedy Center was originally called the National Cultural Center. It is a living memorial for John F. Kennedy.
5: Day 2 Arlington National Cemetery Smithsonian:Air and Space Museum Capitol building Library of Congress Supreme Court National Archives Vietnam War Memorial Lincoln Memorial Korean War Memorial Iwo Jima
6: The Arlington House | Tomb of the Unknown Soldier | Arlington National Cemetery | I learned that if a soldier messed up in his routine, dropped his weapon, or did something wrong, then he could be stripped of his rank and lose the privilege of being a tomb guard. I also learned that it if a soldier died in battle, then he would be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. | Arlington National Cemetery
7: 90-4 | C20137 | a cockpit | Spirit of St. Louis | Air and Space Museum | I learned that there were two museums that displayed aircraft, the Smithsonian and Udvar Hazy Center. I also learned that the Wright Brothers were the first Americans to create the world's first successful airplane.
8: Capitol Building | I learned that the Statue of Liberty could fit in the Capitol building. I also learned that the capitol houses many statues of people who have played major roles in American history. | The Capitol's Visitors Center | the ceiling of the Capitol Building | the exterior of the Capitol Building
9: Library of Congress | the interior of the Library of Congress | the interior of the Library of Congress | the ceiling of the Library of Congress | I learned that anyone may go into the Library of Congress to read, but only like the President and Congressmen are allowed to check out books from there. It is also the largest library in the world.
10: Supreme Court | the exterior of the Supreme Court | the exterior of the Supreme Court | I learned that this is where the case of Plessy v.s. Ferguson was held. it also housed Brown v.s. Board of Eucation
11: I learned that there are over 50,000 names on the walls. I also learned that there are three parts to the memorial, there is the Three Soldiers statue, the Vietnam Women's Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. | Vietnam's Women's Memorial | Vietnam War Memorial | The Three Soldiers | Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
12: the exterior of the National Archives | The Declaration of Independence | Contitution of the United States | National Archives | I learned that the doors on the National Archives Building are the largest bronze doors in the world. I also learned that it cost over 6 million dollars to create.
13: Lincoln memorial | Gettysburg Address | the exterior of the Lincoln Memorial | Lincoln Memorial | I learned that The Lincoln Memorial was built to resemble the Parthenon. I also learned that the Gettysburg Address was printed on one of the walls in the memorial.
14: Korean War Memorial with soldiers' reflections | I learned that the Korean Memorial was suppose to have 38 stainless steal soldier statues but has 19. It shows a total of 38 soldiers at the memorial because of the reflection of the granite wall which doubles the number of soldiers that are actually there. | picture of soldiers on the Korean War Memorial Wall | a soldier | Korean War
15: soldiers raising the flag | soldiers raising the flag | soldiers raising the flag | I learned that the Iwo Jima Memorial is also known as the Marine Corps Memorial. I also learned that it stood for the event when the U.S. won the battle of Iwo Jima. | Iwo Jima Memorial
16: Day 3 White House Newseum Pentagon Smithsonian: National Museum of American History National Cathedral FDR Memorial Jefferson Memorial
17: the exterior of the White House | White House | the exterior of the White House | I learned that the White House was extended many times because it was too little. I also learned that it is on the back of the twenty dollar bill.
18: I learned that there was a museum about news. I also learned that there is a 4D time-travel experience in the Newseum that shows how and why news becomes news. | a row of different news paper articles | an old fashioned printer | Newseum | the exterior of the Newseum
19: an exterior wall of the Pentagon | The Pentagon | postcard from the Pentagon | I learned that there are five branches in the military the army, navy, air force, marine corps, and coast guard. I also learned that the Pentagon hit during 9/11. | Pentagon
20: the exterior of the Smithsonian | a soldier deploying from a helicopter | A "sit-in" counter | I learned that America had to go through so much to become what it is today. Blacks had to fight for their rights, wars were fought, and new developments were discovered, all these events shaped the U.S. | Smithsonian: Nation Museum of American History
21: the interior of the National Cathedral | the interior of the National Cathedral | the interior of the National Cathedral | I learned that there is an all boys choir at the National Cathedral. I also learned that a service there is different than the one i have at my church. | National Cathedral
22: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his dog | Eleanor Roosevelt | Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a wheelchair | I learned that Franklin was the president during WWII. I also learned that he was a boy scout supporter | FDR Memorial
23: The Exterior of the Jefferson Memorial | The Exterior of the Jefferson memorial | Inscription of Jefferson's writing | I learned that the statue of Jefferson, inside the memorial, is facing towards the White House. I also learned there are some of Jefferson's writings in the memorial | Jefferson Memorial
24: Day 4 Mount Vernon Holocaust Museum WWII Memorial Washington Monument Pentagon Memorial
25: the interior of George Washington's House | George Washington's sword | Mount Vernon | I learned that George Washington and his wife are buried there. I also learned that George Washington fought for the British before fighting for the U.S. | a dining table in George Washington's House
26: the exterior of the Holocaust Museum | Shoes of Jews | A wall of photos of Jews | Holocaust Museum | I learned that the holocaust didn't hurt the citizens of America, but the people who weren't under the protection of the United States. The injustices of different countries catch the attention of the U.S. to intervene and to make sure justice is present.
27: "Kilroy was here" | WWII memorial | Stars on the WWII memorial | WWII fountain | I learned that each star on the memorial represented one hundred Americans who died during WWII. I also learned that there are opposite points that direct people to the Pacific ocean or the Atlantic ocean | WWII Memorial
28: I learned that the Washington monument is the largest stone monument in the U.S. I also learned that it takes about seventy seconds to get to the top of the monument by the elevator | The Washington Monument | The Washington Monument | Washington Monument
29: Pentagon Memorial | I learned that if the bench was pointing towards the pentagon, then that person died in the building and if the bench was pointing towards the air force memorial, then that person died on the plane. i also learned that | Pentagon Memorial benches | Pentagon Memorial benches | Pentagon Memorial benches
30: Day 5 Gettysburg Amish Country
31: news paper article | cannon balls | row of cannons | General Lee at the top of the monument and soldiers at the bottom | Gettysburg | I learned that the cannonballs that were fired were about the size of a softball, not a bowling ball as i previously thought. I also learned that the South's will power was the thing that carried them through difficult battles and ultimately put up a good fight against the Union.
32: I learned that Amish people aren't completely cut off from society. I aslo learned that they have their own auctions to sell their items. | Amish transportation | Amish transportation | Amish Country | the interior of a home
33: Day 6 "Rocky Stairs" Liberty Bell Independence Hall Rockefeller Center Times Square Broadway Show- Wicked
34: "Rocky Stairs" | statue of Rocky Balboa | "Rocky Stairs" | I learned that the "Rocky Stairs" is where Rocky ran up in one of his movies. I also learned that they made a statue in honor of him.
35: The Liberty Bell | The Liberty Bell | Liberty Bell | I learned that since the original Liberty Bell cracked, it was totally inoperative and was no longer used. I also learned that the liberty bell was used to alert the public.
36: part of the interior of Independence Hall | part of the interior of Independence Hall | painting of Congress signing the Declaration of Independence | I learned that Independence hall was where Congress signed the Declaration of Independence to send to the king of Great Britain. I also learned that Independence hall was called the State House of the Province of Pennsylvania too. | Independence Hall
37: view from the top of the Rockefeller Center | view from the top of the Rockefeller Center | The Rockefeller Center | Rockefeller Center | I learned that the Rockefeller Center was where NBC is filmed. I also learned that there is an ice skating rink there too.
38: I learned that many movies are filmed at Time Square. I also learned that Time Square is where the ball drops for the New Year. | Time Square | Times Square | Time Square
39: Broadway Show- Wicked | a pamphlet for "Wicked" | a bill board advertising "Wicked" | I learned that there was a sequel to "The Wizard of Oz". I also learned that the scarecrow and the tin man were actual people until Elphaba cast a spell on them, thinking that it would make the situation better
40: Day 7 Battery Park Liberty Island Ellis Island Wall Street Ground Zero
41: Battery Park | The Sphere | I learned that The Sphere was at the bottom of the world trade center and was pulled out from underneath the wreckage. I also learned that it is a temporary memorial | Battery Park
42: The Statue of Liberty | The Statue of Liberty | The Statue of Liberty and NYC | Liberty Island | I learned that the Statue of Liberty has a crown that has seven spikes which symbolize the seven seas in which liberty will be spread on. I also learned that the torch that she holds stands for the idea of liberty.
43: the exterior of the Immigration Station | bags that the immigrants brought over | a list of immigrants that came through Ellis Island | I learned that Ellis Island was an Immigration station like Angle Island on the West coast. But, the difference was that there were way more immigrants coming through Ellis Island than Angel Island | Ellis Island
44: George Washington | Trinity Church | New York Financial District (Wall Street) | I learned that the NY Financial District consists of many famous places like wall street and trinity church. I also learned that it is the third largest central business district in the United States
45: St Paul Chapel of the Trinity Church | World Trade Center Window | Origami Peace Cranes | Ground Zero | I learned that Ground Zero is where the Twin Towers were attacked by the terrorists in the planes. I also learned that it affected the United States' economy severely
46: I liked all the Udvar Hazy Center, the Smithsonian: Air and Space Museum, Gettysburg, Time Square, Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon, Korean War Memorial, WWII Memorial, the "Rocky Stairs", Rockefeller Center, Broadway show- Wicked, and Wall Street. I learned many things. At the Udvar Hazy Center, I learned that the Enola Gay was the bomber to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. At the Pentagon, i learned the five branches of the military. At the Gettysburg, i learned that the cannon balls were the size of softballs, and not bowling balls. At Arlington National Cemetery, i learned that only the best of the best are chosen to become tomb guards. At the Smithsonian: Air and Space Museum, i learned that the Wright Brothers were the first in the world to create a successful airplane. At the Washington Monument, i learned that it was the tallest stone monument in the world. Out of all the places that we went to, I appreciated the war memorials like the Vietnam, Korean, WWII, and Iwo Jima. I appreciate them because they remind me about the people that gave their lives for this country and to keep it safe. Without these memorials to remind us about their sacrifices, some of us would start forgetting and then the soldiers would be long forgotten. | Reflection on the Trip
47: Extra Credit | My Topic: General Robert E. Lee | He was the General of the South during the Civil War and fought at the battle of Gettysburg | General Lee