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1: VIRGINA | ARRIVED 19 FEB 2012 | Trip of a Lifetime: Historic Virginia and Washington D.C. through the eyes of Kaisha Lewis | EAST COAST | 1

2: On February 19, 2012 while all the world was still asleep, I woke up at 3:30 am, got dressed and left for the airport. I arrived shortly before 5:00 to stand in line where I almost fell asleep waiting to check my suitcase for $25 (what a ripoff). After we had all checked our bags, we gathered round to receive our journals and name tags. Mr. Tyson said a prayer for our safety and then we headed to the escalators to breeze though security and hit our adventure head on... | 2

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5: Bruton Parish Church was unlike any church I have ever been to before. My parents say my grandparents attend a church like this, but I don't remember it. I kind of liked the fact that the bulletin had all the Bible readings in it, but I was not fond of the music. I thought it was insanely cool that I was sitting in the same seats as Thomas Jefferson! I enjoyed seeing a different service because we were all worshiping the same God. | Bruton Parish Church Service | 5

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7: Jamestown Glasshouse | The Jamestown Glasshouse was really cool because we were able to see the products made right in front of us. I found it interesting that different elements change the color of the glass, like cobalt causes the glass to be blue. The craftsman was so sure of what he was doing, but every time he swung the rod, all I could do was think, "What happens if he drops it? Does goo squish everywhere? But he never dropped it because he knew exactly what he was doing, just like God: He will never drop us and He knows what is going to happen to us... Isaiah 64:8 "We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand." Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD" | 7

8: 20 FEB 2012 | Jamestown Settlement | VIRGINIA | 8

9: What I liked about the settlement was how the church was the most prominent building in the village area. I was impressed because in the 21st century, churches should not be noticed because they are not politically correct, but in the 17th and 18th centuries churches were very important because they were often used as other buildings. Even though the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, the first building they built was a church because they wanted a place to worship God and they also housed people there while other buildings were under construction. I think this would be the case for many settlements from that time. | 9

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11: In Williamsburg we walked the historic Duke of Gloucester Street and saw the stalks and pillory, the Governor's Palace, the joiner's shop, the tailor's shop and the silversmith's shop. We also saw the Capitol, the wigmaker's shop, the book binder's shop and the printing shop. The Courthouse, pictured here, was the sight of a couple of important events. The Declaration of Independence was first read to the people from these steps and years later it was also the place where the signing of the Treaty of Paris of 1783 was announced. | Colonial Williamsburg | 11

12: In Yorktown, we saw the monument that was constructed to remember the American victory that essentially ended the Revolutionary War. Around the base of the statue, is a brief history of the battle and the signing of the Treaty of Paris of 1783. At the top, sits the figure 'Liberty.' I like this monument because it is a great reminder of freedom from British tyranny, just like the cross is an amazing reminder of our freedom in Christ from sin. | Yorktown Memorial | 12

13: We also saw the battlefield. The colonists dug up the land so that they would have something to hide behind while they fought the Red Coats (like the picture above). At Yorktown Settlement, we saw a surgeon's tent, a flint lock rifle firing and some other things. The picture on the right is an enlargement of the stamp placed on all paper goods that required a special tax due to the Stamp Act imposed on the colonists by King George. | Yorktown National Park and Victory Center | 13

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15: Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson was definitely one of the coolest places we visited. We saw his 'copy machine', his set once-a-week clock, his multi- open book holder and his library. Jefferson also had a dumb waiter for wine and a private guest room for his close, personal friend, John Adams. He also had busts of important scientists. | Monticello | 15

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17: The Air Force Memorial was kind of amazing. The three towers rise to the air and closely resemble three jets in flight. The first thing I thought of when we arrived here was "Wow!" and the second thing I thought of was my friend Ashton's dad. I instantly thought of how much we owe our troops. There is no way we will ever be able to give a proper thank you to those that have served our country. These are the things I thought at each and every war and service memorial we visited. | Air Force Memorial | 17

18: MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL At the memorial the wind was blowing and the flag was waving which is one of my favorite scenes. This was probably one of my favorite places on the whole trip. I had seen it a few years earlier with my family and loved it. It is just such a cool reminder. The marines played a huge role in World War II in taking the Pacific Islands, specifically Okinawa and Iwo Jima. | 18

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20: World War II Memorial | 20

21: The World War II Memorial was really cool, even though it was dry. The wall of stars was truly breath taking. There is nothing that explains the scene better than what is carved here, "Here we mark the price of freedom." I can't think of anything that describes this better. It was also really cool because there were some Marines out for a morning jog and they went through the memorial and continued on their jog, but it was still really cool to see. | 21

22: JEFFERSON MEMORIAL I had forgotten the majesty of Jefferson's memorial. A 19 foot man stands keeping watch over the current president. Inscribed on the walls are different things Jefferson has written and around the dome is carved "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." I like this quote because Jefferson has made a formal declaration that he will never let any man control another man's thoughts, I think this includes religious freedom which we are guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. | 22

23: "I have sworn to God eternal hostility against all forms of tyranny over the mind of man." Thomas Jefferson | 23

24: The National Zoo was really cool because I got to see a panda up close! I also saw red pandas which are adorable, a cheetah, a sloth bear, elephants, and an emu. I love going to zoos because I get to see all the creatures God has created. "God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good...God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good...God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good" (Genesis 1:21, 25, 31). | THE NATIONAL ZOO | 24

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26: THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL | The National Cathedral was AMAZING! Everything was so intricately carved, pictures don't do it justice. The stained glass windows were stellar and light reflected on the nets and made beautiful colors. All the crosses were covered in the whole place because we went on Ash Wednesday. Some of us heard the organ playing while we were in there and it was probably one of the coolest things I have ever heard. It was beautiful and soft, yet commanding and loud! I would love to hear it again sometime. | 26

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28: Lincoln Memorial | The Lincoln Memorial was really cool to see at night. We read the Gettysburg Address out loud, which was interesting. Opposite from that is his 2nd Inaugural Address where he states that both the North and the South prayed to the same God, read the same Bible and asked for the other side to be destroyed. I think Lincoln was wise to say "The Almighty has His own purposes." Lincoln was a God-fearing man who realized that the war was not ending unless God wanted it to, "Yet if God wills that it continue [it will]" Lincoln didn't want the war to continue but he understood that if God wanted it to, it was going to. | 28

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31: The White House was really cool to see because we got to walk through it. It was not nearly as cool as I thought it would be but it was still neat. After we walked through we stood in front of the gate, took pictures, and then we prayed for our leaders, both present and future. Christie told us we are instructed in the Bible to do this, but I don't remember where. It was a cool experience and a good start to a fun day. As we were walking back to the bus, we saw a helicopter land on the lawn which was really sweet! (It is on the left.) | Presidential Mansion | 31

32: Ford's Theater | The Petersen House | When we went to Ford's Theater, we saw the gun that killed Lincoln and the booth he sat in (near right). We then crossed the street to the Petersen house where we waited a few minutes before entering, if we hadn't we would have missed Mrs. Laura Bush. | 32

33: Even though the theater was neat and seeing Mrs. Bush was shocking, I was most impressed by "A Tower of Books." This tower has books written about Lincoln, and no two are the same. I was completely stunned and overjoyed at the sight of that many books. | 33

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35: The Capitol was neat because I was able to see all kinds of history as well as history in the making. Inside The Capitol we saw the old Supreme Court room, "the intersection of the four corners of Washington D.C." and the spot where John Quincy Adams' desk originally sat. Our guide walked across the room, and when she stopped, we could hear her just as if she had been standing in front of us. The Rotunda was impressive and my neck hurt when we left from looking up at its immense size and detailing. | United States Capitol | 35

36: Mount Vernon | 36

37: George Washington's home is impressive but I was more impressed by the paintings in the Education Center. The one on the far left speaks to Washington's faith as he prayed in the winter of 1777 for his men to survive the harsh conditions. Washington was a great choice for Commander-in-Chief because he set a precedent that prayer was O.K. I like the picture to the left because it shows him as a respected man among others, which I believe is a key quality for a leader. | 37

38: "We are the shoes, we are the last witnesses. We are shoes from grandchildren and grandfathers, From Prague, Paris, and Amsterdam, And because we are only made of fabric and leather And not of blood and flesh, each one of us avoided the hellfire." - Moses Schulstein (1911-1961), Yiddish Poet | 38

39: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum | The Holocaust Museum is shocking and depressing. There are no other words to describe it. The 'postcard' below was given to me upon entering the museum. I didn't think much of it at the time, but as we walked through I saw a picture of a young boy, probably about two years old, whose town was destroyed by Nazis. In the museum, I started tearing up because I couldn't even image what that boy went through. God has blessed me with a heart for children but I can't bear to see them in pain; thinking of his possible pain and agony made me want to cry. I can't even imagine the pain Christ was in while he died on the cross, or the pain His Father was in... If it even feels like a fraction of what I felt, I never want to experience that pain. In my journal on the bus I wrote, "I will never forget the picture of the little boy whose face was so innocent, and whose town was annihilated in two days." That little boy probably had to wonder where his parents were, just like Jesus did, "About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?' that is, 'MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?' (Matthew 27:46). | 39

40: Arlington National Cemetery | 40 | When we were walking to the exit, I saw graves like the one on the right. Mrs. Waymire said the stones were a Jewish symbol rather than flowers because of a verse in the Old Testament, "So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” (Joshua 4:7)

41: Arlington is a really cool place because it is really solemn but also majestic. When we were there, I was able to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier along with three other girls. We also saw the changing of the guard and Arlington House. We visited the eternal flame at the Kennedy grave sight also. | 41

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