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My 8th Grade East Coast Trip

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S: My 8th Grade East Coast Trip March 6 - 12, 2011 Washington D.C., Gettysburg, Philadelphia, New York

BC: And Life Goes On...

FC: My 2011 8th Grade East Coast Trip

1: My 8th Grade East Coast Trip | March 6-12, 2011 | Hugh Zhang

2: Washington DC Itinerary Sunday, March 6: American Indian Museum Dinner at the Metro Kennedy Center Monday, March 7: Wake up + Breakfast Arlington National Cemetery (devotional) Air and Space Museum + Lunch Capitol Building Library of Congress Supreme Court (devotional) National Archives WW2 Memorial Dinner at Armand’s Lincoln Memorial (devotion) Korean War Memorial Marine Corps Memorial Tuesday, March 8: Wake up + Breakfast White House Newseum + Lunch Pentagon Museum of Natural and American History National Cathedral Dinner at Sizzling Express FDR Memorial Jefferson Memorial

3: Wednesday, March 9: Wake up + Breakfast Lunch + Mt. Vernon Holocaust Museum (devotional) Washington Monument Vietnam Wall Pentagon Memorial (devotional) Dinner at the Pentagon City Mall Thursday, March 10: Wake up+Breakfast Gettysburg + Lunch Amish People Dinner at Grand Old Cheesesteak Friday, March 11: Rocky Steps Touring Philadelphia Independence Hall + Liberty Bell Rockefeller Center + Lunch Times Square Dinner at Havana Central Broadway Saturday, March 12: Wake up+Breakfast at Celeste Diner Battery Park Liberty Island + Ellis Island Lunch NY Financial District Return to MCS

4: American Indian Museum | At the American Indian Museum, I learned of how much beautiful art the Indians created and how much we lost when they were forcefully removed from their land. | Canoe | Statue in front of the museum | Art made of ivory

5: Kennedy Center of Preforming Arts | At the Kennedy Center, I read Gandhi's speech and learned about his dedication to peaceful protests that inspired many Civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King. | Bust of JFK | Opening Hall | Hall of Flags

6: Arlington National Cemetery | Tomb of the Unknown Soldier | Arlington Amphitheater | Graves | USS Maine

7: At Arlington, I learned of the respect that our nation pays to its soldiers that died to protect our freedom and how much of an honor it is to serve our country. I learned that I too need to pay that much respect to soldiers. | Graves | Challenger Memorial | JFK Grave

8: Air and Space Museum | At the Air and Space Museum, I learned about how flight works and how it gradually became a major method of transportation. | Models of old airplanes

9: U.S. Capitol | At the Capitol, I learned of how important of a job that our senators and congress members have. I learned that, when I grow older, I need to be extremely careful with who I vote for office. | Capitol Building | Chandelier in the center of the Capitol | Rotunda

10: Statues at the Capitol | Honoring the women's suffrage movement | MLK | Washington | Father junipero serra | Reagan

11: Library of Congress | At the Library of Congress, I learned that it housed many national treasures including Jefferson's personal library that he sold the the United States. | Outside of the Library | Decorations

12: National Archives and | Supreme Court | At the National Archives, I realized how important it is to protect our original Constitution. It represents our freedom, liberty, and what the United States represents as a nation. | The Bill of Rights, COnstitution, and Declaration of Independence | National Archives

13: WW2 Memorial | At the World War II Memorial, I stopped to remember all the lives that were sacrificed to protect us and to stop injustice from spreading across the world. I remembered what they gave for us. | Wall of Stars

14: Lincoln Memorial | At the Lincoln Memorial, the devotional group talked about how Lincoln rose from a small, unknown small boy, to the hero that we all hail him today; we can do the same. | Statue of Lincoln | Model of Lincoln | Lincoln Memorial | Wall of pictures

15: Korean War Memorial and Marine Corps Memorial | At the Korean and Marine Corps Memorial, I learned about the sacrifices people who fight overseas make. They fight for good, especially for those in another country. | Iwo Jima | Korean Veterans Memorial

16: White House | At the White House, I learned of the history of the nation through the eyes of the President. I learned of the history behind each room in the White House. | White House

17: Newseum | At the Newseum, I learned of how important of a role the media plays in our life. What the media portrays will influence many Americans – either for good or for bad. | Berlin Wall | Wreckage from 9/11 | News Reports of 9/11 | Decorations at the entrance

18: Pentagon | At the Pentagon, I learned of how much the government works to maintain our safety. | Aerial view

19: Museum of Natural History and American History | At the Museum of Natural and American History, I learned about the hand of God, both in the natural world and in the history of our nation. | Star Spangled Banner | Magazines | Dinosaur Fossil | Large piece of quartz | Entrance

20: National Cathedral | Stain Glass Windows | Stain Glass Windows | Decorations | Pulpit and Seats

21: At the National Cathedral, I enjoyed a worship service that reminded me of God during the trip. | Entrance | Outside view | Main Hall

22: FDR Memorial | At the FDR memorial, I learned how God uses people with problems to do his mighty work. | Braille writing | Statue of FDR

23: Jefferson Memorial | At the Jefferson Memorial, I learned how important freedom was to Jefferson. | Outside view | An Aprilday | Statue of Jefferson

24: Mt. Vernon | Wharf | Statue of Washington | Washington's grave | Washington's cab

25: At Mount Vernon, I learned how much Washington valued his family and his home. | Portrait f Washington | Washington's house | Stain glass picture of Washington | Stables

26: Holocaust Museum | At the Holocaust Museum, I learned how much the Jews suffered, but endured to tell the tale. | Photos before the Holocaust | Children's views of the Holocaust | Decoration in front of the museum | Room for remembering

27: Washington Monument | At the Washington Monument, I learned of how beautiful our nation’s capital was and how much God had a hand in creating it. | View of the sunset | Portrait of Washington | Flags around the monument

28: View from the Washington Monument

29: Vietnam Veterans Memorial | At the Vietnam Wall, I learned of all the people who died to fight for a cause many did not believe in. | Wall | Other statues

30: Pentagon Memorial | At the Pentagon Memorial, I learned of how much the 9/11 attacks affected our nation. | Information card | Memorial

31: Gettysburg Panorama

32: Gettysburg Museum | Weapons in the civil war

33: At Gettysburg, I learned of the valor of the troops at Little Round Top and Pickett’s Charge, and how the fate of our nation hung at that battle. | Music in the war | Monuments for Gettysburg | Badges

34: Gettysburg Battlefield | Pennsylvania Monument

35: View from the Tower

36: Little Round Top | Fort | View from the fort | Cannon | US Mint

37: Touring Philadelphia | Rocky | Ben Franklin's grave

38: Touring Philadelphia | America's first firehouse | Dock where William Penn landed | America's first post office | Betsy Ross house

39: 2nd Reserve Bank | LIfe in PHilidelphia

40: Liberty Bell and Independence Hall | At Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center, I learned of the work of the people who shaped our nation. | Liberty Bell | Rooms in Independence Hall | Donations

41: Rockefeller Center | At the Rockefeller Center, I looked at the juxtaposition of the business of the streets to the peacefulness of Central Park. | Rockefeller Center | Decorations | Front of the building

42: Top of the Rock

43: Times Square | Hershey's store | M&ms store | Times Square | Basketball Jerseys

44: Broadway | At Times Square and Broadway, I grew closer to my friends and got to know them better. | Church | NY postcards

45: Touring New York | The Sphere | Life in NYC | The eternal flame | Smithsonian Museum

46: Liberty Island and Ellis Island | At Liberty and Ellis Island, I remembered how lucky I was to have parents who came to the United States without too much trouble. | Hall at Ellis Island | Immigration Station | Statue of Liberty

47: NYC Financial District | NY Stock Exchange | Federal Hall | Trinity Church | Wall Street

48: Trinity Church | At Trinity Church, I learned of the Founding Father’s devotion to God. | Trinity Church | Inside the church

49: Ground Zero | At Ground Zero, I learned how bad the destruction of 9/11 was. | Firefighters Memorial | Firefighters Memorial | New World Trade Center

50: St. Paul's Chapel | At St. Paul’s Chapel, I learned of the providence of God and his love showing through the rescuers. | Candles | Dedication Stone | Inside the Chapel

51: Playing with Lights

52: Art | This type of art was made in New York City using the lights of the traffic vehicles. They are not enhanced by photoshop. I had fun making it.

53: Reflection Essay | At first, I had my doubts about the DC trip. I did not plan to go on the trip for many reasons. The trip was expensive, but more importantly, it took more than a week out of an already busy March. I had to miss the Synopsis Science Championship. I also had to miss winter camp at our church. And I supposedly had lost my focus before a major Go tournament. However, after the trip, I was extremely glad that I was given the chance by God to go. On this trip, I enjoyed spending a week with my friends. I enjoyed seeing the important places of American history. But that was not the important part of my trip. I originally thought of the trip as just a tour of East Coast, but it was so much more than that. From the beginning, I treasured the opportunity I had to go on the trip. I learned about American History and how to take care of myself without my parents, but the important thing was that I saw God working through our nation and our class. I was inspired by the devotionals and the sights that we saw to be a better person during the trip, and change my life when I got back. I saw God through the sufferings of the Holocaust and the Civil War. I saw God through the miracles of the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers. I saw God through the devotionals that our group gave. I saw God everywhere I turned, and truly made Christian Discoveries on the trip. Yes, I learned about history. But that was not important. God was.

54: Me, Hugh Zhang | Our Leader, Mr. Keith | The Gang | Our grade in DC

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  • Title: My 8th Grade East Coast Trip
  • This is an trip I took to the East Coast during my 8th grade year (2011). It is one I will never forget.
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