June 8, 2011
Sacred Heart School’s fifth, sixth, and seventh grade combined class recently returned from their trip to Washington, D.C. The students and parent/teacher chaperones enjoyed a well thought-out itinerary which combined a whirlwind of activity with countless learning moments. Both the students and adults got to experience a wonderful mix of history and solemnity among the impressive monuments and memorials and the beautiful architecture of both older and more modern fixtures of D.C.
The group visited the World War II Memorial, Capitol, Washington Monument, Korean War Veterans Memorial (“Freedom is Not Free”), Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, Library of Congress, Archives of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Newseum, and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
The group attend mass Sunday morning at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where the students took up gifts during mass. The class and chaperones also toured Arlington Cemetery where they visited the eternal flame at John F. Kennedy’s grave and other dignitaries’ graves, observed the changing of the guard, and participated in the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Along the way to the scheduled stops, a lot of other sites were observed in passing: the Supreme Court, Treasury Department, J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building, Navy Memorial, Einstein statue, Ford’s Theatre (where Abraham Lincoln was shot) and the house where Lincoln died. We also got to ride the metro/subway to our last stop before eating dinner and heading on the long bus ride home.
A great time was had by all. Thank you to all our parents, teachers, friends, and community who supported us and enabled us to enjoy this wonderful learning experience!