Friday, April 29, 2011

More of the capital, but . . .

We started out bright and early with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.  This was my first opportunity to visit this tribute to those that have sacrificed so much for us.  Once again, I was awed by the site and history.  It is truly a tribute to our country and to our beliefs.

Next, we had the opportunity to tour the capital building where aides from Senator Murray's office took us through the multiple buildings.  Because we were escorted by the aides, we didn't have to wait in lines and had a more comprehensive tour, including a ride on the train from the Russell Bbuilding to the capital.  Once again, I was in awe of the history, the architecture, the art, and the work that has taken place here that has shaped our lives.

While we were on the capital tour it became clear that some of the kids wanted time for study and practice.  We followed lunch with this opportunity to practice before the evening tours and dinner.  They were very appreciative of this opportunity and the feedback that was given to them as they fine tune their essays and delivery.

The evening consisted of visits to the Korean War Memorial, Lincoln's Memorial, the Viet Nam Memorial, and dinner.  As I write this, the kids are preparing for another run through.  We will be listening to their essays, asking questions, and giving feedback for at least another hour to hour and a half.  After this they will probably continue studying and be up and ready for another run through by 8:30 in the morning before departing for tomorrow's competition.  We finished the run throughs about 11.

The picture below is of our entire team, 28 people, in the capital elevator at the same time.  On the return trip, we even had two additional people with us.

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