Senior Washington D.C. Trip Recap

March 16, 2018

Forty-three seniors left Lexington High School at 5:15 AM last Sunday morning headed for Gettysburg and Washington D.C.  After 27 hours of riding the bus, making many multiple stops along the way, we arrived at Gettysburg Visitors Center at 9:15 Monday morning.  The students were able to go through the museum, the introductory video and circlerama.  We then loaded back onto the bus for a 2-hour guided tour of the battlefield.  We visited Oak Hill, Seminary Ridge, the Peach Orchard, the Wheatfield, Little Round Top, and Cemetery Ridge.  We then headed into Washington D.C. to go to our hotel for our first shower in 48 hours!  After getting cleaned up, we went over to the Springfield Mall for supper and a chance to do a little shopping and relax. We then loaded back into the bus to drive around the National Mall and to visit the Jefferson Memorial.  Needless to say, when we returned to the hotel that night at 9:45, the seniors were ready to crash.  On Tuesday morning, we headed to the Capitol building for our 9:00 tour led by Senator Sasse’s aides.  We then walked down to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  By two-thirty in the afternoon it was time for a quick lunch at the Reagan Center and then we were off to the American History Smithsonian building.  At 5:00, our bus driver picked us up to drop us off at the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial.  By this time it was 7:00 PM and it was time for supper.  We headed to the Pentagon City Mall for some time to do a little more shopping and to get something to eat.  By 9:45, we were back at the hotel.  On Wednesday morning we visited Arlington National Cemetery where we visited former President John F. Kennedy’s grave.  We then walked to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where we watched the changing of the guard and the wreath-laying ceremony.  At this point it was time to walk down to the subway station at Arlington to hop on the Metro and take it to McPherson Square so we could take pictures at the White House.  We then jumped back onto the Metro over to the National Archives where students were able to view the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  After viewing the documents, the seniors were free to go visit a Smithsonian of their choice along the National Mall and to pick up a lunch.  We met back together at 5:00 at the American History Museum to be picked up by the bus.  We then headed over to the WWII Memorial.  After spending some time there, we loaded back up to go over to the MLK, Jr. and FDR Memorials.  By this time in the evening we went back to the Springfield Mall next to our hotel for a quick supper and it was time to get back and start packing. We loaded up the bus Thursday morning and were headed back into the city by 7:15.  The bus dropped us off again at the Capitol building and we walked up the Hill to the Library of Congress for our 9:00 guided tour.  After that, we went next door to the Supreme Court.  After spending some time there, we walked down to Union Station for lunch and a chance to rest our feet before loading the bus again for our last stop, the National Cathedral.  By early afternoon we headed up to Georgetown to take our guided tour of the Cathedral.  At the end of our tour, we loaded the bus for the final time in D.C. as we began our trek home.  The students did a great job on the trip and represented our school and community well.