Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The seniors departed from their hotel at 7 A.M. They arrived at the Iwo Jima Memorial around 7:15 A.M. The Iwo Jima Memorial is also known as the United States Marine Corps Memorial, and it depicts one of the most historic battles of World War II. The memorial is dedicated to all marines who lost their lives in the battle.
Cody Buckles stated, “The Iwo Jima was a very powerful monument. It was our first stop, and it really set the mood for the entire day. The artist did an amazing job creating it.”
At 7:30 A.M., the group started touring all the national monuments in Washington D.C. Some of the monuments they saw were the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The seniors toured the Smithsonian at 10 A.M. and the Library of Congress at 4:15 P.M.
In between they had some free time. After that, they went back to their hotel and got dressed for dinner. The group ate dinner at the Peking Gourmet Inn for some Chinese food. After that, they returned to their hotel.
Kate Weiser pronounced, “I definitely enjoyed the D.C. food! I liked the duck and naan bread much more than the cow tongue tacos!”
Nicki Zeitzmann said, ”I really enjoyed the free time we got today. It was nice to have a little freedom to do our own things.”
All throughout the day, the seniors celebrated with Mr. Chip Stutzman, as it was his birthday. The seniors all gave money to buy him a nice D.C. tie and paper weight.
Brooke Reed stated, “It is seemingly impossible to make an accurate prediction of the environment and the relationships that are formed during this trip. Everyday is different and brings about something new to be grateful for.”
Happy birthday, Mr. Stutzman!