East Rockaway Eighth-Graders Visit Washington, D.C.

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Members of the eighth-grade class just returned from their annual trip to Washington, D.C., on May 7 and 8. The students had an opportunity to visit many of the historical sites they have been studying in their classes. 

The students embarked on a tour of the Capitol Building, getting to see where the laws of our land are made. They also took a solemn walk through the National Holocaust Museum, making connections to the memoir “Night” by Elie Wiesel and the events of World War II. At dusk, the class went to the Lincoln, Pentagon 9/11, Vietnam and World War II memorials, where they reflected on each of the events they commemorated. At Ford’s Theatre, they learned more about the history of Lincoln and Wilkes Booth.

In the National Archives Museum, the students viewed the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. To end the trip, they took a tour of Arlington National Cemetery, where they learned about the rich history of those who are buried here and witnessed the moving Changing of the Guard ceremony. In a short 36 hours, the eighth-graders gathered both a deeper understanding of our country’s history and a lifetime of memories.