04 Dec 2008

CHS and SJA Students Spend Thanksgiving Holiday Touring Washington, D.C.

Fifty-nine Catholic High students along with one hundred seven St. Joseph’s Academy students spent the Thanksgiving holidays touring Washington, D.C. During their trip students had the opportunity to participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldiers.

The weeklong tour included an illuminated tour of the Jefferson, Lincoln, Korean War, Vietnam, and Iwo Jima memorials. Students visited the White House, The Capitol, Union Station, the Udvar-Hazy Air Space Museum, Mount Vernon, National Archives, the Holocaust Museum and the Newseum. In addition to riding the Metro, students toured the Smithsonian Museum, Kennedy Center for a play, Arlington National Cemetery, the Kennedy graves and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. They also had the opportunity to see the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.

While in Washington, students visited the grave of Scott Lamana, a 1988 CHS graduate who died at the Pentegon on September 11, 2001.

"Everything about the trip was amazing including visiting the monuments. Arlington National Cemetery was the highlight of my trip in addition to participating in the placing of the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers," commented Andrew Robicheaux ’10.

"One of my favorite parts of the trip was bonding with my friends. I also enjoyed touring the Capitol and seeing where our president gives his speeches. The highlight for me was visiting Arlington National Cemetery and seeing all of the men and women who fought and died for us," stated Ryan Frick ’10.