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FC: Washington D.C. Portfolio | By: Thalia Sorensen

1: Trip Itinerary | WASHINGTON DC AREA Sunday-March 3rd 4:15 A.M- Meet at MCS 8:00 A.M- Flight leaves SFO 3:00 P.M- Flight arrives at Washington Dulles Udvar-Hazy Museum Vietnam War Memorial Lincoln Memorial Korean War Memorial 7:30 P.M- Dinner Monday- March 4 7:00 A.M- Breakfast Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Laying Ceremony Holocaust Museum 1:30 P.M- Lunch Capitol Building World War II Memorial 6:00 P.M- Dinner US Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) FDR Memorial MLK Memorial Tuesday- March 5 7:00 A.M- Breakfastv Newseum White House 12:00 P.M- Lunch Pentagon

2: National Cathedral 6:30 P.M- Dinner Washington Monument Jefferson Memorial Wednesday- March 6- snow day 7:00 A.M- Breakfast 12:00 P.M- Lunch Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History National Air and Space Museum 5:00 P.M- Dinner PHILADELPHIA Thursday- March 7 7:00 A.M- Breakfast Fort McHenry Drive to Philadelphia 12:00 P.M- Lunch Amish Country Amish Farm Independence Hall Independence Visitor Center 6:00 P.M- Dinner Rocky Steps

3: PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK CITY Friday- March 8 7:00 A.M- Breakfast Liberty Bell 10:15 A.M- Depart for NYC and Lunch on the bus United Nations 6:30 P.M- Dinner Walk through Times Square Broadway Show- Newsies @ Nederlander Theatre NEW YORK CITY Saturday- March 9th 7:15 A.M- Breakfast NY Subway to Empire State Building Empire State Building NY Subway to Battery Park Ferry Tour of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge 12:00 P.M- Lunch Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial 3:20 P.M- Drop off at JFK Airport 5:30 P.M- Flight leaves JFK 8:55 P.M- Arrive at SFO 10:15 P.M- Arrive at MCS

4: Udvar-Hazy Museum | At this location, I learned it holds the largest collection of historic air and space craft in the world. | Spacesuit | The Blackbird

5: Vietnam Memorial | At this location, I learned there are more than 58,000 names on the wall. | The Wall | Beginning of the Wall

6: Lincoln Memorial | At this location, I learned it was the first stone that was put into place to commemorate Lincoln's birthday. | Lincoln Statue

7: Korean Memorial | At this location, I learned it has more than 2,500 photographic, archival images representing the land, sea and air troops who supported those who fought in the war are sandblasted onto the wall. | The Wall | Freedom is Not Free

8: Arlington National Cemetery & Wreath Laying Ceremony | At this location, I learned that we need to give proper respect to the men and women who risk their lives every day just to keep us safe. | Graves | Wreath

9: Holocaust Museum | At this location, I learned how the Jewish people were treated differently compared to the Germans and I had a lot of sympathy for them. | Dear Daniel Letters | Lighting Candles

10: Capital Building | At this location, I learned that there were many steps that are gone through to pass the laws we have. | Inside of the Building

11: World War II Memorial | At this location, I learned there are 56 granite pillars, arranged in a semicircle around a plaza with two 43-foot arches on opposite sides. | California Pillar

12: Iwo Jima Memorial | At this location, I learned how important it is for us to go past what is expected of us. These men were not given this job, but they saw an opportunity and they took it. | Iwo Jima Statue

13: Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial | At this location, I learned the memorial is made to be handicap accessible. | Quote by Franklin R. | Quote by Franklin R.

14: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial | At this location, I learned fourteen quotes from King's speeches, sermons, and writings are inscribed on the Inscription Wall. | Quote by Martin Luther King Jr. | Statue if the King

15: Newseum | At this location, I learned the importance of writing the events going on inn the world around us. | Osama Bin Laden | Falling of the Twin Towers | Obama is the President

16: The White House | At this location, I learned that the president has a lot of responsibilities that come with running a country.

17: The Pentagon | At this location, I learned that it takes a lot of people to help run a country and it is not an easy task.

18: National Cathedral | At this location, I learned that there are so many differences between the Catholic religion and Christianity. | Stain Glass Windows

19: The Washington Monument | At this location, I learned it shows of gratitude to George Washington in helping to create a new form of government espousing equal treatment under the law.

20: Jefferson Memorial | At this location, I learned that on the interior of the memorial, there are five quotations from Jefferson's writings that illustrate the principles to which he dedicated his life. | Statue of Jefferson

21: National Museum of Natural History | At this location, I learned there are more than 126 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts that are contained within the museum's collections. | A Lion | Hope Diamond | Mummy Sarcophagus

22: National Museum of American History | At this location, I learned it collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts of American history and culture, from the War of Independence to the present day. | Dorothy's Red Slippers | Kermit the Frog | Old Fashion Car

23: National Air and Space Museum | At this location, I learned holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world.

24: Fort McHenry | At this location, I learned that our flag has more meaning to it. | A Cannon | American Flag in the background

25: Amish Country & Farm | At this location, I learned that their lifestyle is so much different than ours that we live. | Horses & a Pony

26: Independence Hall & Visitor Center | At this location, I learned that this is where the Declaration of Independence was written. | Independence Hall | Inside the Visitor Center | Inside the hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed

27: Rocky Steps | At this location, I learned for Rocky Balboa to prepare for the big fight, he began a training regimen of early morning runs through the streets of South Philly that culminated atop the steps. | Rocky Statue

28: Liberty Bell | At this location, I learned that the bell cracked while being rung and that it is a replica of a bell in London. | The Liberty Bell

29: United Nations | At this location, I learned that the United Nations' was formed after World War 1 and their ultimate goal is world peace.

30: Times Square

31: Broadway

32: Empire State Building | At this location, I learned it was the tallest building in the world between 1931 and 1972. | The View of New York | Justin Bieber at the Empire State Building

33: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, & Brooklyn Bridge | At this location, I learned Ellis Island became the nation's premier federal immigration station. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the France. The Brooklyn Bridge The original toll for crossing the bridge was one penny. | Brooklyn Bridge | Ellis Island | Statue of Liberty

34: 9/11 Memorial | At this location, I learned the reflecting pools are each surrounded by bronze parapets, inscribed with the names of those killed in the terrorist attacks. | Survival Tree | Men who had died | Reflecting Pool

35: Moments with Friends

38: The East Coast trip to Washington D.C. and New York was amazing. I feel so lucky that I got to go on this trip because not many people get to go. It was such a great experience I will never forget. In Washington D.C. I really liked the Vietnam Memorial, the Arlington National Cemetery, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History. In New York, I really liked Times Square, Broadway, and the Empire State Building. While I was at the Vietnam Memorial, I looked at all the names on the wall. It made me realize how many people died and sacrificed themselves during the war to have freedom. I just couldn’t believe there are more than 58,000 names on the wall. The Arlington National Cemetery made me have a great appreciation to all the soldiers who have died for their country. It made me sad seeing all of the graves. There were so many, I lost count. The National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum American History was really fun. It was like reading a textbook. Times Square was beautiful. It was so colorful and loud. It was really fun because I went to shopping and walked all around Times Square. The Broadway musical, “Newsies” was incredible. I would say it was one of the best shows I have ever watched. The Empire State Building was scary because I was on the 86th floor, but it was still great to look at the view from the building. At one point it was one the tallest building in the world. On this trip I learned so many new things. At the Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, World War II Memorial, the Arlington National Cemetery, and Iwo Jima Memorial I learned we need to give proper respect to the soldiers who risked their lives so that we may have freedom. At the Holocaust Museum, I learned how the Jewish people were treated differently compared to the Germans.

39: While at the museum, and watching the videos and looking at the objects the Jews would be killed or beat up with made have a lot of sympathy to the Jews. It was very wrong that the Jews weren’t treated the same as the Germans. At Fort McHenry I learned our flag has more meaning to it. Our flag stands for freedom and democracy. It represents the unity of America, our common cause, and the hope for a better tomorrow. While visiting the Lincoln Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial I learned that I should honor these men for trying to make our country a better place. At the Independence Visitor Center I learned it was where the Declaration of Independence was written and signed. The 9/11 Memorial really stood out to me. I learned that so many peoples’ lives we lost because the bombing of the twin towers. It’s so sad because none of the people who were killed deserved to die. On this trip I really appreciated that my parents were able to send me on this trip and pay for it too. I’m so grateful for Ms. Shuler because without her, we wouldn’t have gone on such an amazing trip. I really appreciate the man who drove us everywhere on the trip. He even drove us when it was snowing. I’m also really thankful for Kristy because she gave us so much information on all the places we went to and treated us so nicely. Going to Washington D.C will be a trip I will always remember!

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