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Washington DC: Tuesday, May 7

We began the Day 3 adventure at the Iwo Jima Memorial and then our day continued with Arlington National Cemetery.  We were able to pay our respects at JFK’s gravesite, watch Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers changing of the guard, and honor many others who have served our great nation.

After our morning at Arlington and lunch at Pentagon City Mall, we rushed and possibly ran, to make our appointment with Senator Marsha Blackburn. The students had impressive questions for the senator and she graciously answered all. After a photo with her, we went on to tour the Capitol building. Following the Capitol tour, we were afforded the opportunity to meet with other Clarksvillians that work on Capitol Hill. We met and spoke with Lauren Cohen, lobbyist for the arts and Congressman Phil Roe.

After all of these momentous meetings, we made our way to our tours of the WWII Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Korean War Memorial. Our students were amazed at the size of Lincoln’s statue, the emotion involved in finding a loved one’s name of the Vietnam Wall, and the detailed artistry of the Korean War statues and wall.

While the daytime was packed with visiting these sites, the night was no different. We went again to Pentagon City Mall for dinner and shopping. Next, we topped off the night by experiencing the very moving and serene Pentagon 9-11 Memorial.

Those action-packed 10.5 miles (or possibly more) were worth every memorable step!