From May 16-19, OHJH eighth grade students visited the center of our democracy, saw monuments that commemorate our history, heard the echoes of voices that define what it means to be American, and made lifelong memories with friends and teachers. They had an ambitious agenda on the annual eighth grade trip to Washington D.C. that began with a stop at Gettysburg National Battlefield. Their stops in D.C. included the Capitol Building, the Spy Museum, the American History Museum, National Air and Space Museum, the FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Korean Memorial, World War II Memorial, Ford’s Theater, the Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon Memorial to 9/11, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the White House, the National Cathedral, and Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament.
Eighth grader Abby Dewhirst shares, “My favorite museum was the Holocaust Museum because it brought to life so many things I read about in The Diary of Anne Frank. My favorite memorial was the Vietnam Memorial because war veterans were there and I was able to shake their hands and say thank you." According to classmate Jack Silk, “I created many memories in D.C. I will never forget. The jousting dinner was super entertaining and seeing all the monuments for the first time was incredible. Spending time with all my classmates was a great way to build relationships. It was an experience I will never forget.”