Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, April 3 through Friday, April 5, the 8th grade class explored the United States' capital and US history through its buildings, monuments, and memorials. On Wednesday, they visited the Smithsonian Museums of Natural History and American History, the National Mall, and the World War II Memorial. Thursday, they visited the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and Vietnam Wall War Memorial. A special moment at the Vietnam Memorial was dividing up into COMPASS advisory groups and locating the names of 3 Sewanee Military Academy graduates who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. Next the group visited Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for the changing of the guard, George Washington's home Mount Vernon for a tour of the grounds, the enslaved peoples' quarters, and the house, and Old Town Alexandria for a ghost tour in the evening. Friday was yet another full day with a visit to the outside of the White House and Lafayette Square, a Capitol Tour, and a walking tour of the Tidal Basin that incorporated stops at the Jefferson Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, and Martin Luther King Memorial. They ended Friday with a stop at Ford's Theater, site of President Lincoln's assassination, and a final stop at the base of the Washington Monument. It was another great trip! Thank you to our 8th grade advisors for chaperoning.