Day 4 - Today we embarked on our Day Four adventure. We started by posing outside our great nation’s Capitol Building. After this great photo opportunity, we ventured over to the Library of Congress. Students were in awe of the beauty of this building that was built in the early 1800s. After recently visiting Thomas Jefferson's home, students were able to make the connection between him and his grand contribution of his personal library since the original content was burned in the War of 1812. Also, within these grand walls, students were able to see the original Gutenberg Bible! It was a great start to an action-filled day.
Next on our list was to step inside the Capitol Building. After lunch, our entire group met up before the scheduled tours. To our surprise, US Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, our Representative of California’s 19th District, walked by our students. She graciously stopped to talk with them. She spoke about her role in the Building, the joys of her job, and what her daily life was like. After another priceless photo opportunity, we saw the heart of the Capitol. Students saw both Father Junipero Serra's and Ronald Reagan's statues, donated to the Capitol. After our official tour, we stopped in while the House was in session. Students were witness to the proposal of a Bill that was in the process of being passed. The Blue Bus was able to hear both parties' sides to this issue and were very excited and interested in the discussion. Next, we ventured over to the Senate. The Blue Bus was also able to see a proposal addressed by Virginia Senator, Tim Kaine. Students saw the Capitol in its full working glory. It was an amazing experience and one of the most authentic experiences one can have as a tourist in Washington DC.
Once finished with dinner, students visited the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial wall, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. At the Vietnam Memorial wall, a veteran was there and willing to tell his story for all who were willing to hear. To end the evening, we went to the Canadian Embassy. Now the students can say they stepped foot in Canada on this trip, too!