Students in 8th grade at Trinity Lutheran School in Waconia culminated a year of learning American history with a week-long trip to Washington, D.C. in May. This year, 13 students and 10 parent and teacher chaperones journeyed to our nation’s capital.
History came to life as the group visited such sites as the National Archives (home to the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights), the Library of Congress, Ford’s Theatre, Mount Vernon, and several Smithsonian Museums.
Tribute was paid not only to some of the country’s most important leaders, but also to the sacrifices of service men and women through visits to countless memorials – Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Korean War Memorial. Several of the students also had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns during the group’s visit to Arlington National Cemetery.
Among the many highlights of the trip were special tours of the White House and the Capitol. At the Capitol, the group had the privilege of sitting in both the House and Senate chambers while each was in session. While visiting the Iwo Jima Memorial, the group enjoyed the special treats of witnessing a speech by the Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, hearing the Marine Corps band, and watching flyovers of Marine helicopters and jets during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Marine Air Corps.
While the annual Washington DC trip was a highlight of the student’s time at Trinity Lutheran School, upon their return, the attention of the students was focused on 8th grade graduation which followed soon after.
The memories of the trip and graduation will be carried with the students for many, many years.