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The Parish Episcopal 8th grade class had an experience filled  four day trip to the Washington, D.C. area. While in the District, the students saw the Hope Diamond and other natural wonders at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. They also explored the history of journalism at the Newseum and stood toe to nose with Discovery space shuttle and the Enola Gay at the Udvar-Hazy National Air & Space Museum at Dulles Airport.

The 8th grade class visited Washington National Cathedral and toured the United States Capitol. Students paid their respects to our nation’s soldiers with visits to the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial and Iwo Jima memorials. During their visit they walked the hallowed grounds of the Gettysburg Battlefield and Arlington National Cemetery. Four students from the class (pictured right) represented Parish as the official student honor guard and presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier following the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

The action packed week was made interesting by the ever present winter weather, but all returned home safely with fun memories and an appreciation for all of those who have given much in service to our country.