FC: 8th Grade DC Trip 2013
1: Alexis Eaton 8th Grade DC Trip 2013
2: My impression at the airport was excitement. I was happy that our flight was early but not too early. The flight was smooth and I got to watch movies half the way. :) | 1. Me and my roommates while we were waiting for our flight to Washington.
3: 3. My My roommates were Aubri Rios and Corey Harless. They helped me through a lot on this trip. | 2. My mom was our chaperone on this trip. We laughed alot in our room at night | 4. My bus leader is Mr. Winger. This was his last trip so I hope he has lots of fun. | 5. Mr. J was my bus assistant and this was his first trip to DC. | 6. Mr. Daminco is the school principal. it was always fun when he was on the Blue Bus.
4: 9. The Jamestown fort was built in a triangle shape. There was a church and an armory inside the fort | 7. The Discovery was one of three ships to bring the English colonist to Jamestown. | Jamestown | 8. The Indians lived in small round huts called Yahakins.
5: Jamestown was the first settlement. | 10. The original church had many rules to follow and was the law in that time. | 11. Pocahontas is an Indian princess who saved John Smith. | 12. John Smith was the governor of Virginia when he came to the colonies.
6: Williamsburg | 15. The Governor's Palace was a house for the governors at the time. Thomas Jefferson lived there for his term. | 13. The Capitol of Williamsburg held meetings for governors in other towns. 14. A tavern was like a hangout for important people such as George Washington.
7: 18. The Bruton Parish Church is shaped in a cross to remember Christ on his cross. 16. A millenary was like an accessory shop back then. it had clips, scarves, and material for dresses. 17. The magazine was a kind of armory that held their weapons in it. 19. It was interesting to see all the people walking around in colonial clothes. We met James Madison and his apprentice.
8: Colonial Williamsburg was the capitol of Virginia while the ideals of a nation were being developed. From 1699-1780 Williamsburg was the capitol of Virginia. Virginia was the most influential of the original colonies. Many of our Founding Fathers crossed paths with Williamsburg. Men like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The birth of representative government in the form of a legislative assembly happened in 1619 in Jamestown. In 1699 the House of Burgesses moved to Middle Plantation, which was later named Williamsburg. Representative members of the legislature were allowed to enact legislation for the colony. While they could be overruled by the King this was a monumental leap for the form of government that we practice today. Voting was limited to landowning males seventeen and older. Williamsburg provided the cradle for the style of democracy that we enjoy today. | Williamsburg impression
9: Yorktown: Surrender Field 20. Surrender Field was very remarkable to learn about and to think about what the soldiers were thinking at the time and how they reacted.
10: Dear Mother and Father, It is over. I have fought and won. We won against The Great British. They surrendered to us but their general wasn't there. I think he just didn't want to surrender so he said he was sick. I want desperately to come home to mothers' cooking and fathers fires. This war has not been a pleasant one but it has taught me many life lessons. I will see you soon. May God bless you and keep you. Sincerely, Your son
11: "Is Life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
12: 21. St. John's Church was the meeting place for representatives from different towns to debate on war with England. 22. This is Aubri, Ashley and I with Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. | Richmond
14: 23. Monticello is Thomas Jefferson's house. This shows the West Front of house with flower beds laid out by Jefferson in 1808. The front of the house has columns from Roman architect. 24. The backside of his house is on the nickel. The dome, the first built on an American House, was based on the Roman temple of Vesta.
15: 26. The inside of Monticello was designed all by Thomas Jefferson and made of his inventions. 25. Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826. | Charlottesville
17: Jefferson's words of 1776 that "all men are created equal" and have a right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" still inspire people around the world today.
18: 27. Mount Vernon is George Washington's house. George Washington was our first president. 28. The backyard view was of the Potomac River. | Mount Vernon
19: 30. The rooms in his house were bright colors because it meant wealth. 29. George Washington died in his room on December 14, 1799.
20: 31. The Marine Corp Memorial recognizes all the men who served in the marines for our freedom.
21: 32. The Eternal Flame memorializes John F. Kennedy and his presidency. | 33. Robert Kennedy is JFK's brother who has his own memorial next to JFK's. | Arlington Cemetery
22: 34. The Changing of the Guard is very important because they always are out guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers to honor those who have been killed.
23: 35. The Challenger Memorial remembers the people who were in the Challenger when it exploded.
24: Washington D.C.
26: 36. The Lincoln Memorial recognizes our 16th president Abraham LIncoln and his great leadership during the Civil War. | 37. The Vietnam Wall has the names of everyone who died in the war for our freedom.
27: 38. The three servicemen amaze me because the facial expressions truly depict how they must have reacted to their friends who died fighting. | 39. The statue of the women is important because nurses were very crucial to the men fighting.
28: 40. The Korean War Memorial was super cool to see because it was raining during the war and also when we visited the memorial. So to see it in its actual setting was amazing.
29: 41. The Jefferson Memorial remembers Thomas Jefferson because he wrote the Declaration of Independence. He was also an inventor and one of our greatest presidents.
30: 42. The Washington Monument memorializes George Washington our first president. It is 555' tall. The tip is made of aluminum and it is two different colors because they ran out of the original material.
31: 43. The Capitol Building has a statue on top and it's a rule that nothing can be taller than it because she cannot look up to anything.
32: Washington DC Impression Washington DC is not what I expected. I didn't know they had a whole room dedicated to statues at the Capitol. I really liked how if the tour guide spoke on one side of the room, we could hear her perfectly on the other side because of the way it was made. My highlight was Dave and Busters because we got to relax a little and just hang. My favorite place was the Lincoln Memorial because I've always wanted to go there and learn more about our 16th president. Now when I think about Washington DC I'll remember what I saw and think about all the different places we went and things we learned.
33: 44. The Rotunda has murals of the history of America on the walls. It was made by two different artists.
35: 45. At various times in history, the White House has been known as the "President's Palace, the "President's House" and the "Executive Mansion." President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.
36: Washington D.C. Connection | As the capitol of the United States Washington DC plays an important role n the day to day operation of our country. Washington DC lies along the Potomac River and was chosen by George Washington to be the capital of the United States. There are many important landmarks in Washington DC. The White House is the home of the president and has been for over two hundred years. Every president since John Adams has called the White House their home. The Pentagon is also in Washington DC. It is the headquarters of the United States defense system. There are memorials to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and many others. There are also memorials of military conflicts such as Vietnam, the Korean War, and World War II. Washington DC is also home to the National Archives. The National Archives is responsible for the preservation of all of our county's most historic documents The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution are all kept there. There is a lot of history to see in Washington DC.
37: 46. The Franklin D. Roosevelt memorial is unique because it is outside and is more nature instead of marble.
38: 47. The WWII memorial is different because it has stars instead of names and for every star is 100 people who died in the war.
39: 48. The Supreme Court Building is where they do trials and cases that are bigger than normal.
40: 49. The Library of Congress once held over 3000 of Thomas Jefferson's books.
41: 50. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is brand new to the mall. It remembers the people who changed our country for the better.
42: 51. The Air and Space Museum was very exciting to see all the planes and rockets. It has the first three space capsules that went into space.
43: 52. The American History Museum has three levels of history. It has Kermit the Frog and the evolution of music. | 53. One section has many of the First Ladies' Inaugural dresses, including Nancy Reagan.
44: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal". Abraham Lincoln spoke these immortal words on November 19th, 1863. Gettysburg National Cemetery was dedicated on this day for those that died during the Battle at Gettysburg which was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. The battle took place July 1st to July 3rd of 1863. Union forces were lead by General Robert E. Lee. The historic battle at Gettysburg is often referred to as the turning point in the Civil War. If General Lee's forces had overtaken the Union Army at Gettysburg the South would have won the war. However, Meade and the Union forces were able to put a stop to the advancing Confederate troops and the North goes on to win the battle. In very short order during the Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the value of liberty as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. Lincoln also referred to a new birth of freedom for all United States citizens. The Battle of Gettysburg was certainly a pivotal time in the History of our great Nation. | Gettysburg Connection
45: 54. Little Round Top was extremely important to the battle at Gettysburg. 55. All over the battlefield there were state memorials. One was the California memorial. Even though it had nothing to do with this war they still wanted a memorial.
46: 56. Another state memorial was the Pennsylvania Memorial. It was the largest and had the names of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives. | Brig. Gen. Stephen H. Weed fell mortally wounded, probably the victim of a Confederate sharpshooter.
47: My impression was amazement at how much our country can endure or take. It also struck me at how much land was involved in the Gettysburg Battle. It amazes me how our country can so easily forget what our country was founded on. | Gettysburg Impression
48: 58. Independence Hall opened in 1753. | 57. The Liberty Bell has Leviticus 25:10 on it. The crack is 1/2 inch wide and 24.5 inches long. | Philadelphia
49: 59. The Assembly room is where Thomas Jefferson and others signed the Declaration of Independence. 60. Carpenter's Hall is the home of the first Continental congress.
50: Philadelphia Connection Philadelphia is home to Independence Hall. Independence Hall is famous for being the birthplace of the United States. It was in this building on July 4th, 1776 that the Declaration of Independence declared the Thirteen Colonies free from British rule. As the main author of this declaration, Thomas Jefferson adopted the ideas of individual liberty from John Locke. Eleven years later representatives gathered to design and debate the United States Constitution. After years of dissatisfaction with the weak Articles of Confederation our Founding Fathers decided that it was time to create a stronger national government. Some important features of the United States Constitution are checks and balances, separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, and the idea that it is a living document that can be amended. The Constitution was signed on September 17th, 1787 in Philadelphia. The Constitution established the form of government that we still have today. Philadelphia is indeed the cradle of our great country.
51: Philadelphia Impression Philadelphia was a new experience. It was very windy and cold but cool to see where the Declaration was signed. I would have liked to spend more time in this city.
53: 61. The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France. It was a symbol of hope to the immigrants coming to America to find a better life. 62. The New York skyline was beautiful from the ferry.
54: 63. Ellis Island is where the immigrants would go to be checked before they could come into America. | 64. The 9/11 Memorial is two pools that have the names of all 2000 people who lost their lives in the attack.
55: 65. My venue report was on the 9/11 Memorial. Both pools have names and feature a 30 foot waterfall.
56: Ground Zero September 11th, 2001 changed the course of history as we know it. Not only would our way of life be changed, but the entire world would feel the effects of what happened on this day. On this day four jetliners were hijacked by Islamic terrorists. Two jets were flown into the World Trade Center which subsequently collapsed. One jet was flown into the west end of the Pentagon. The fourth jet crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. While, the tragedy occurred in three different locations it is Ground Zero in New York City that symbolizes all of the tragic events of that fateful Tuesday morning. Almost three thousand people died. Many things in our country have changed since 2001. Airport security is much tighter, we have engaged in two overseas conflicts (Iraq and Afghanistan), we waged the War on Terrorism, and terrorism has become a focal point in American politics. Ground Zero represents a truly tragic day in our history and will forever be remembered as a day that changed the course of history for the entire world.
57: Blue Bus!!!
58: 66. This is Corey, Aubri, Sam, Natalie, Josh, Sean, Isaiah and me inside Independence Hall. | 67. At the Jamestown Fort, they showed us how they shot a gun and reloaded it.
59: 68. At the original Jamestown Church they still have the original foundation visible so you can see what it was made of. | 70. At St. John's Church, we took this silly picture with Thomas Jefferson. | 69. In Williamsburg, they used stocks for punishment and humiliation.
60: This is the wreath we put in front of the Korean War Memorial. | This is me in front of the Marine Corp Memorial. The memorial is a statue of a picture that someone took of six men who put our flag into Iwo Jima.
61: Street Dancers in NYC | "In charge" at the Pentagon | Air Force Memorial
62: 71. At Arlington Cemetery they have the boxer Louis and a famous actor Audie Murphy because they made a mark in our history. | 72. Grace Taylor, Jahi Jenkins, Matthew White, Matthew Stevens laid the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
63: 74. In the Capitol they have a statue of Helen Keller there and it's amazing because they capture that she is blind in the statue of her. | 73. In the FDR Memorial there is a statue of four men at a soup line during the Great Depression and we got in between them and pretended we were apart of it.
64: All the fun memories that I have will forever bring a smile to my lips.