Saturday, December 19, 2009
Arlington Wreath Project-Washington DC Trip
Evan and I were able to chaperone the 6th grade trip this year with Abby. It was another amazing experience visiting our nation's capital! This was Abby's first experience flying in an airplane. We were able to see Mount Vernon, Ford's Theatre, all the memorials, Smithsonian, Natural History Museum, Nat'l Archives, White House, and Capitol. While in the Capitol Bldg, we watched a session of Congress. (The teachers in our group wanted to teach them some classroom management skills.) Abby liked watching the friendly squirrels that were seen everywhere we went. Thank goodness for digital cameras or we might have only had pictures of squirrels! The highlight of this trip is laying wreaths at Arlington and honoring those who gave their lives for our country; it is certainly hallowed ground. There were nearly 20,000 wreaths placed this year by volunteers. It is a site to behold looking across the hills seeing row after row of headstones with wreaths all lovingly placed with honor. We rode the metro and walked a lot every day taking in as much as we could. We came home exhausted, but are so glad we were able to experience all of this with Abby!