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We Made It!

I am happy to report the Fox Valley Young Marines met their goal to earn enough for the unit to take a once in a lifetime trip to Washington DC. Yesterday I had the pleasure of writing a check for $26,534 to Hemisphere Educational Travel who have been tremendous in helping us put this trip together.

I want to thank my blog followers who so generously responded to my plea for help and donated to this worthy endeavor:

Laura H, Korrel C, Eugene D, Lindsay H, Lynn F, Jane T, Dawn G, Tad C, Vicki S, Dorann P, Nikki H, Patricia C, Linda J, and Deborah M

Your support means a great deal to Jim and I and we will definitely be thinking of you this June.

Each Young Marine has selected a site we will be visiting. He/she will research the site and present it to the group during the bus ride to Washington DC.

Here is our itinerary:

Day 1

6:00 AM Motorcoach Departs for Washington,

Approximate Arrival in Washington, DC 9:00 PM

Day 2

Group Organized Activity Group to attend prearranged tour of the Marine Barracks, ‘8th & I’, in Washington D.C. (Arranged by group leader).

National Archives – The Rotunda of the National Archives Building in downtown Washington, DC, contains the permanent exhibit of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. The Public Vaults display over 1,000 fascinating records (originals or reproductions) from the National Archives holdings.

Ford’s Theatre and Petersen House – A visit to Ford’s Theatre includes entry to the theatre, the recently renovated Ford’s Theatre Museum, the Petersen House, the house where Lincoln died and the Center for Education and Leadership. Your visit may also include a presentation by a National Park Service ranger.

Group to have to time for souvenir shopping near Ford’s Theatre.

Illumination Tour of the Monuments and Memorials – Night tour of the Monuments and Memorials, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a rooftop view of the city.

Day 3

Arlington National Cemetery Group to attend the burial ceremony of former Marine performed by the Marines at 8th & I. (The Marine being buried is a mentor and friend of Jim.)

Iwo Jima Memorial One of the first objectives of the Battle of Iwo Jima in the attack was capturing Mount Suribachi, the highest point on the island. On February 23, 1945, a flag was raised by five Marines and a Navy corpsman. The raising was witnessed by news photographer Joe Rosenthal whose pulitzer prize winning picture of the flag raising would become a symbol of the war in the Pacific. This event is immortalized through the Iwo Jima Memorial.

Pentagon Memorial – The Pentagon Memorial park consists of 184 memorial units, each of which are dedicated to an individual victim by its unique placement within the collective field. The field is organized as a timeline of the victims’ ages, spanning from the youngest to the oldest. This memorial provides a place for future generations to remember and reflect on September 11, and its significance for us and our nation.

Capitol Hill Tour – The Capitol Hill Tour includes a Capitol Building Tour (pending availability), the outside of the US Capitol Building, Capitol Visitor Center, Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress. Groups can view the outside of the buildings on Capitol Hill. If time permits, they may enter the Supreme Court, where they will have access to the Great Hall that features marble busts of the Chief Justices. Groups may also have time to explore the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

Washington Monument – Photo Stop The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C. and one of the city’s early attractions. It was built in honor of George Washington, who led the country to independence and then became its first President. The Monument is shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, stands 555’ 5 1/8” tall, and offers views in excess of thirty miles.

White House – Photo Stop Only The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Group to stop for photos in front of the most famous house in America. Make sure to look for secret service agents on the roof!

World War II Memorial The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home.

Day 4

Arlington National Cemetery – Walk among the headstones that chronicle American History and honor our nation’s war heroes. View or participate in a Wreath Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and witness the Changing of the Guards. Make sure to also visit the Kennedy Grave Sites and the Challenger Memorial.

FDR Memorial – Located along the famous Cherry Tree Walk on the Western edge of the Tidal Basin, this is a memorial not only to FDR, but also to the era he represents!

Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial – The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is conceived of as an engaging landscape experience. The composition of the memorial utilizes landscape elements to powerfully convey three fundamental and recurring themes of Dr.King’s life: justice, democracy and hope. The circular geometry of the memorial, juxtaposed within the triangular configuration of the site, engages the Tidal Basin and framed views to the water.
Lincoln Memorial — “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States—the Great Emancipator and preserver of the nation during the Civil War—sits immortalized in marble. As an enduring symbol of freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope.
Korean Memorial – Here, one finds the expression of American gratitude to those who restored freedom to South Korea. Nineteen stainless steel sculptures stand silently under the watchful eye of a sea of faces upon a granite wall—reminders of the human cost of defending freedom. These elements all bear witness to the patriotism, devotion to duty, and courage of Korean War veterans.
Vietnam Memorial – The Vietnam Wall honors members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War and who died in service or are still unaccounted for. The Memorial Wall, designed by Maya Ying Lin, is made up of two black granite walls. The memorial also includes the Three Soldiers Memorial and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.
Einstein Statue – Located in a grove of trees near the southwest corner on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences, the Albert Einstein Memorial honors one of the greatest minds in history. Students may climb on the statue making it an ideal group photo opportunity

Evening Parade – The Evening Parade, held every Friday evening during the summer, has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline, and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. The story of the ceremony reflects the story of Marines throughout the world. Whether they be aboard ships, in foreign embassies, at recruit depots, in divisions, or in the many positions and places where Marines project their image, the individual Marine continually tells the story of the Corps.

Day 5

Smithsonian National Zoo – The National Zoo is a beautiful urban park offering a peaceful place to enjoy nature and a large variety of local and exotic animals. During your brief visit to the zoo, make sure you don’t miss the Giant Pandas!

Smithsonian Museums on the Mall –  Visit the Smithsonian Institute Museums on the National Mall, home of over 140 million objects collected from around the world. Highlights include the Wright Brothers’ biplane at the National Air and Space Museum, the Hope diamond at the Museum of Natural History, the original Star Spangled Banner at the American History Museum and the segregated rail car at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

And then some very tired Young Marines will head home with memories to last a life time!

Thank you for making this possible!





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