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Anna Pate's DC Trip

Our team went to Washington DC, here some photos and facts from the trip!

Anna Pate Glover

on 26 March 2010

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Transcript of Anna Pate's DC Trip

The Newseum
Arlington National Cemetary
Jefferson Memorial Pulitzer Prize Photos The Front Page Gallery Time Warner World News Gallery This shows how much more freedom we have than the rest of the world. These were very moving photos that showed tradgedies and victories in world history. These are two students hugging each other after the Columbine disaster. This was a hall way filled with news papers from the present day. I saw one from Utah and one from Brazil. The Newseum is DC's newest museum. It opened April 11, 2008. It is all about the media and how reporting has changed over time. Changing of the Guards
The Changing of the Guards is a very respectful event. A guard stands there and guards The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers for half and hour. When they change, it's incredible. They do everything at the exact same time. They check their guns and walk on the mat. Then a new guard takes the old ones place. The Eternal Flame This is a memorial to John F. Kennedy. It was lite on November 25, 1963 and has been burning non stop since then Fly Girls of World War II This was a memorial dedicated to the woman who fought and served in World War II. It had real outfits they wore and pictures of all the women. The Jefferson Memorial is in dedication of Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President. His statue is of him standing at 19 feet tall, facing the White House. He is looking out, watching to make sure that future and current presidents are doing their jobs. Arlington National Cemetary is a very symbolic place for our country. If you were a soldier that fought for our country, you can be burried there. There are 300,000 gravesites and approximatley 624 acres of land. The Vietnam Memorial Next to each soldiers name there is either a cross or a diamond. The diamonds stand for a soldier who was killed in battle. The crosses stand for a soldier who was either captured or missing. The construction of the building began in 1939 and was completed in 1943.It is surrounded by 26 columns and was designed by John Russell Pope. All around the interior are exerpts from speeches given ny Jefferson. This is an exerpt from the Declaration of Independence. The most famous quote is "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." This is a picture of the wall at night. The wall was designed by a college student by the name of Mia Yang Lin. It currently has 58,261 names on it. The names are listed in chronological order by date of which they were killed. This memorial was very touching. I never realized how many men and woman died for us in the war. It's sad because it's not really talked that much about either. Being able to physically see how many people died helped me to appreciate it more. The Lincoln Memorial Pamplin Park Museum of American History The Holocaust Museum
Franklin D. Rooselvelt Memorial
Crosses V. Diamonds The Wall The First Ladies Exhibit An Old Ship The Statue The Building The Interior Letters to the Dead This wall was meant to honor, respect, and remember those who died for us in this war. It definetly serves its purpose. Family and friends come to the wall and leave little gifts such as flowers or teddy bears. Many people leave letters though. This is one of those letters. The World War 11 Memorial The Jefferson Memorial was absoultley breath taking. It was surrounded by his speeches and these gorgeous collumns. There was one part at Pamplin Park when our whole group went to see a Sargent. We got to see what it would be like to be a Civil War soldier. How they would "break us down". If you 'straggled' (like Bailey did) they would make you sit on a fake horse for 12 hours! At the park we also got to go to an interactive museum. We had on headphones and got to choose a soldier and follow his story through the war. When ever you walked up to an exhibit, you could press a number and hear about it. This was an actual house from the 1800's. This family had 7 kids and owned about 51 slaves. We got to see what the rooms were like. The kitchen was outside, in the summer it could get up to 150 degrees. This was the last thing we visited. I think it was a perfect way to end the trip. It was really cool getting to hear what a soldiers conversation would have been like. We got to see someone fire a musket gun! Being there in person was really cool, I could imagine the battle in my head. This is the Reflecting Pool. Each star represents 100 people that died in WWII. There are over 4000 stars. It was so beautiful. I only wish we could have seen it when it was darker. This was one of the two fountains in the plaza. They were breath taking at night. Construction of the memorial including the fountain began in September 2001. It was open to the public on April 29, 2004. "The heroism of our own troops...was matched by that of the armed forces of the nations that fought by our side... They absorbed the blows...And they shared to the full in the ultimate destruction of the enemy." This means that we should not only respect those who died for our country, but those died for other countries as well. This was in my top three favorite sites. It was right in between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Memorial, so the view was great. Its purpose is to honor the 16 million men and women who served in the US military and the 400,000 that died. Bailey on a "Horse" Pick a Soldier! The Plantation The Fountain The Reflecting Pool The Engravings This room was very upsetting. I looked at all those pictures and thought, "They look just like us." When I realized that everyone of the people in those pictures was killed, I felt like someone had knocked the wind out of me. There were couples in love and babies and old couples and teens. I am very visual and this really helped me see the astronomical amounts of people that were murdered. At one point in the museum we saw the sign from the Auschwitz Death Camp. It reads "Arbeit Macht Frei" which means "Work Brings Freedom". This was to calm the fears of the Jews and trick them into thinking that they could work their way out of there. I was horrified when I saw this. I thought, "How many thousands of innocent people walked under this same sign. And how many of them were lucky enough to walk under it again?" Pictures of the Victims The Auschwitz Sign The Shoe Room This room was about as eerie as the walking through the rail-car for me. It was a room that was filled with the shoes from the victims. Because dead people don't need shoes. Just wondering how much the owners of these shoes went through. There was a poem above it that read... "We are the shoes,
We are the last witnesses
We are shoes from grandchildren and grandfathers.
From Prague, Paris and Amsterdam
And because we are only made of fabric and leather
And not of blood and flesh,
Each one of us avoided the Hellfire" This was one of the most moving experiences of my life. There were so many emotions flying throught me. I felt angry and sad and horrified. All of these REAL people. REAL lives, cut short by the insanity of one man. And the fact that so many people carried out his actions- It doesn't seem possible. I felt guilty that American didn't do anything to stop them. It's really hard to understand things that happened in the past, but seeing all of these artifacts and videos really helped. And to think there are still some people that don't believe the Holocaust happened. Well because of this museum, not one of the Holocaust victims will have died in vain. Man Sitting Next to Radio
These are the Depression Bread Line Statues. It represents how tough times were in the Great Depression which lasted from 1929-1939. People didn't have enough money for food, so they would stand in line for hours for a free bowl of soup or a loaf of bread. This is a statue of a man listening to a fireside chat on the radio. During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt would give updates via radio. He was the first president to do so. The Mistake The Statue The Building The construction of this glorious monument started in 1914. It was designed by Henry Bacon. It is based on a greek temple with thirty-six columns. It was completed in May of 1922. The names of all the states are carved on the outside. Lincoln's Memorial is often the spot protestors use as a gathering spot. The statue of Lincoln is 19 ft tall sitting, but if her were standing he would be 28 ft tall. It was sculpted by Daniel Chester French from 1850-1931. The memorial is on the back of the US penny and the back of the US five dollar bill. This memorial is one of the most profound symbols of American Democracy in the world. The Lincoln memorial has two of Lincoln's speeches engraved in the inside. The Getty's Burg Address and his Second Inaugural Speech. What most people don't know is that there is a mistake in one of these speeches. It's the Second Inaugural Speech! In the first panel about half way down you will see something that looks like 'EUTURE'. It was suppose to be FUTURE, but you can still see where they filled it in. This memorial is a dedication to who many beilieve was our greatest president. It is on the far left side of the Washington Mall. It is exactly 87 steps from the reflecting pool. Eighty-seven is for 'four score and seven years ago'. It has been been a symbol for the obstacles our country has overcome for over 90 years. I really enjoyed this exhibit. It had 100's of interesting artifacts from the first ladies of our country. I got to see Edith Roosevelts Inaugural ball gown as well as our own Michelle Obama's! The hallway of designs was really cool too. It had the design for all the first ladies dresses that the exhibit didn't have. Above are Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Kennedy. The first thing we vistied in the museum was the Transportation Exhibit. It had sections on all different sorts of transportation and how it has changed and advanced over time. It had trains, cars, ships, planes, and even trolleys. The picture above is of a ship in the 1800's. Ships were a big deal because with them, explorers could travel the world. We could now trade goods between continents with a lot more ease. There are four main waterfalls at the FDR memorial. Each symbolizes a different part of the Presidents respective terms in office. The large single drop represents the fall that led to the Great Depression. The multiple stairstep drops are the Tennessee Valley Authority. The chaotic falls represent World War II. And the still pool represent the president's death. The Falls The Bread Line I wish we could have seen this memorial at night. As you can see from the picture, it is obviously much prettier at night. This was really cool because it showed all the parts of Roosevelt's life. It was dedicated to the President and opened to the public on May 2, 1997. George Washington's Suit The second thing we visited was The American Presidency exhibit. This was all about the lives and actions of the Presidents of our past. The photo about is George Washington's suit in the Revolutionary War. We also got to see Lincoln's top-hat and suit This exhibit was all about our past as a country. They have over 3 million artifacts. This museum describes America's culture. Construction began on August 22, 1968. It recently went through an $85 million dollar renovation. Personally I think that money should be used for something other a museum renovation. Still I got a lot out of it and enjoyed the visit. THE END! Washington DC Prezi
By: Anna Pate Glover
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