Our nations capital, Washington, D.C. has it all, history and today. We began our trip with the Smithsonian’s American History museum. Seeing where we came from with the old memorabilia makes you think about your future. Then we had the opportunity to take a tour of the Capitol building and see the new Capitol Visitor Center. We got to see the intricate art inside the dome. Next, on to the National Archives. In this building we got to see the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. Being so close to these documents made you realize how young our country really is. Washington D.C. is such an historic city. This is really shown in visiting Ford’s Theatre and the Peterson House. Lincoln was such an important president, to be able to see where he was shot and then to visit the house across the street where he died, really put history right in front of you. Another thing that touched my heart were all the memorials. The Vietnam wall, the World War II memorial wall, the Washington Monument , and the Jefferson Memorial are just all so touching and powerful. When my dad and I were looking and walking down the World War II wall my dad decided to stop at this one spot just because it was less crowded and put his hand on the wall to say he touched it, but after he touched it he looked where his hand was and what name he had touched and he had touched the name Stephen Lewis which was crazy because that’s his name and he was a marine. It was just a crazy experience. Also we got to go see the Lincoln Memorial with him up in the big chair. We also took a duck tour which is in an old World War II amphibious vehicles that travel on land and water and a tour guide tells you about things around the city. The best part was I got to drive the duck. A real eye opener was visiting Arlington National Cemetery. The miles and miles of American graves showing all the people that have given there lives for us to keep us safe and to defend our freedom gave me a new respect for all those men and women. Also I got to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the Guard which was really formal and patriotic. Visiting the site of John F. Kennedy’s eternal flame added to the experience of Arlington. So Washington D.C was one of my favorite long weekend vacations not only because it was a fun trip but because of the amazing historical places there and what importance they have to our country just fascinates me.
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