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“Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I really cannot say those words enough to all of you who supported our Fox Valley Young Marines in their efforts to raise the funds necessary to allow them a once in a lifetime opportunity. The trip to Washington D.C. is now over but the memories will last a lifetime for these children!

Many sites were seen and hundreds of photos were taken. Here are just a few so you have a sampling of what your contributions made possible.

6:00 AM – Washington DC, here we come!


The famous 8th and I, Marine Barracks. The red carpet was definitely laid out for our  tour of the barracks. Jim is a former commander of the Silent Drill Team and  he was able to share many stories with current 8th & I Marines. They presented him with a signed photo.

“We claim this ground in remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, to honor the 184 people whose lives were lost, their families, and all who sacrifice that we may live in freedom. We will never forget.”

The Pentagon memorial was one of my most emotional visits. Our tour guide had worked in that building, having retired two weeks before the attack. His emotions are still raw and we all felt the horror of that day. Each person who died is represented by a memorial bench. One bench listed the name of the father, mother and two children.  If the bench is facing away from the Pentagon, it belongs to a person who was killed in the Pentagon. If it is facing toward the Pentagon, it represents a person on the airplane.


Paying respects to one of our nation’s heroes, Jim’s friend and Marine brother.



The White House

So many sites to see! Long days but the Young Marines were always ready to hop on the coach and go to the next site. We walked a total of 32 miles on this trip. One day alone was almost 10 miles. AND the temperature was always in the 90’s!

We went to a presentation at the Ford Theater and saw where President Lincoln was shot and then toured the Petersen House where he died.


A very important day! Our Young Marines were honoroed to place a wreath at the Tomb of The Unknowns.



The newest memorial is to honor Martin Luther King.


Our last night we were pleased to have special seating at the famous Friday Night Parade at 8th & I.  Our color guard had the opportunity to meet their counterparts who performed in the ceremony.


There was also time for fun, food and mother and son bonding!



By Saturday night we were all ready to hop on the coach and take the long journey home to Illinois!

One of the missions of the Young Marine organization is to teach good citizenship. After 5 days in our nation’s capital, each Fox Valley Young Marine truly knows the United States of America is “the land of the free and home of the brave!”

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  1. Lynn Fischer

     /  July 5, 2019

    Thank you so much for these posts, Nancy, this one brought tears to my eyes, as did the earlier one about Charlie the Cat.

    I’m so glad you had such a successful trip, and it’s great to share in the photos.


  2. Dorann Perry

     /  July 6, 2019

    Thank you Jim and Nancy for being an integral part of this trip. Training the youth, planning the trip and coordinating all the stops on the trip were all phenomenal. Those kids will never forget all that they saw and learned. I wish I could have had an opportunity like that when I was their age. Congratulations to all involved.


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