S: By Juan Rivera
FC: Washington D.C.
1: Changing of the Guard | The Changing of the Guard was a very awe inspiring performance. It made me think of how many soldiers who gave up their lives so they could preserve our freedom. This ceremony makes you think how much of a debt as a country we owe them. These soldiers deserve to be remembered always by having the graves that represent them be guarded. It is obvious the soldiers who are guarding the graves have a deep respect for these fallen soldiers. Even the horrible weather we were in did not prevent these soldiers from guarding. It shows our nation's commitment to our brave men and women in the armed forces.
2: WWII Memorial | The WWII Memorial was deeply moving to me because it represented one of the first wars fought to help another nation. I saw on a bench one words that summed up the war, "We came to Liberate not to conquer". The war also made our country into a global power ensuring our spot as the greatest nation on the earth. The war also showed the war how the United States will always stop tyranny and the perversion of democracy. The stars on the fountain were also one of my favorite parts. It made me think of how many had sacrificed for our freedom and security.
3: The Capitol | The Capitol is a beautiful building. The outside is filled with Greco- Roman architecture giving it the appearance of a temple. And rightfully so, it is considered the temple of liberty and democracy. The reason I think this is because the Capitol is the symbol of how Democracy does work for the world. America is the greatest example in the world of how a government by the people and for the people work. The Capitol represents it each day.
4: Native American Museum | The Native American Museum was an interesting adventure. I enjoyed the art exhibited there by a Native American artist. The artwork was very interesting because I used common day things to make artwork. The artwork was meant to represent things from the artist’s Native American culture. For example, there were totem poles made out of luggage, masks made out of Air Jordans, and etc. I also learned in the museum of how much Native American culture spans around the country. It goes through Connecticut through Alaska and much more.
5: American History Museum | I enjoyed the American History museum very much. Having a deep love for American history I liked the various exhibits there. One of my favorites was the flag exhibit. In the exhibit the Flag that inspired Francis Scott Key’s famous song “The Star Spangled Banner” restored. Another exhibit I liked was one on WWII weaponry. I looked at actual flamethrowers and bazookas. Overall the museum was made very well and is up to the caliber you come to expect from the Smithsonian museums.
6: The Kennedy Graves | Visiting the Kennedy graves was very big for me. The Kennedy’s have always heroes of mine. I admired John for always keeping things under control and being mellow. I admire Robert for being brave even after his brother had been shot. Lastly, I admire Ted the most; he dedicated his whole life to public service. Someday I wish to be like him and be a Senator until the day I die.
7: White House | I loved stopping by at the white house. Even though it was very little time I always appreciate the White House. Barack Obama happens to be one of my heroes. Barack Obama was one of the major influences that got me interested in our nation’s history, government, and politics. Ever since the Primaries I have been deeply involved in reading political news sites. What I am trying to say is that this President inspired me to devote my life to public service.
8: Lincoln Memorial | Whenever I go to the Lincoln Memorial I am reminded of the great strides our nation has made in 140 years. Lincoln ended slavery and preserved our union. At the very steps of the Lincoln Memorial Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made the infamous “I Have a Dream Speech” successfully giving the Civil Rights movement enough energy to succeed. This is the reason our country is great, because we learn from our mistakes and fix them in the best fashion.
9: Fun Photos