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Student Council officers at the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy in Washington,D.C.

Eighth-graders tour nation's capital

Earlier this month MOMS eighth-graders and their chaperones enjoyed yet another successful excursion to our nation's capital. Over three hundred students and thirty chaperones saw the sights in Washington, D.C. on June 12 and 13.

Students enjoyed a jam-packed two days in the capital, which began with a guided tour of the United States Capitol building, where laws are written and presidents are inaugurated. Many historic images and documents are on display here.

Students sailed along the Potomac River that evening on "The Spirit of Mount Vernon" dinner cruise.

The group then experienced the many impressive monuments in D.C. through a series of self-guided tours. The Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials, Washington Monument, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial were just some of the plentiful highlights.

Friday's busy itinerary included the Marine Corp War Memorial, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the massive complex of remarkable museums that make up the Smithsonian Institution. This includes sites such as the National Air & Space Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery of Art, among others.

Friday also included a trip to Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place of thousands of soldiers from every major U.S. war, as well as many other major figures from American history. Mr. Gerry D'Albis worked with student council officers Aum and Aash Bhuva, Anthony Di Monda, and Michael Buzzelli to place a wreath at the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy. Anthony also gave a speech here, and trumpeters Gregory Contorno and Ryan Truhn played the famous ceremonial piece, "Taps." Students were also able to experience the famous "Changing of the Guard" ritual that happens here regularly, joining thousands of other spectators, including the Prime Minister of Australia and our Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, who were also there that day to witness the event.

MOMS Vice Principal Mr. Kevin Moore, who joined the D.C. trip for the second year in a row, called the trip a huge success and said that "the kids were extraordinarily well-behaved." Mr. Moore said that the kids really loved the Smithsonian, and hopes that "they were able to make connections to all the things they had been studying in school" as they stood before these famous buildings and sites in D.C., "where it all begins."

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