Our Small School Community prides itself on learning about our nation’s history. What better way to discover our country’s values than to travel to the nation’s capital?
Mrs. Kirkwood and three eighth-graders saw “almost all there was to see,” Mrs. Kirkwood said. There were numerous historical sites to visit and our students experienced almost all Washington D.C. had to offer!
The Lincoln Memorial commemorates the 16th president of the United States and undoubtedly one of the greatest leaders of our nation’s history. For a quick refresher, President Lincoln’s tenure is highlighted by the Emancipation Proclamation doctrine which declared “that all persons held as slaves” in rebellious states during the American Civil War “are, and henceforward, shall be free.” While visiting the Lincoln Memorial, our students discovered Nevada was added as a state to help Lincoln win his second term.
Many Americans remember the horrific consequences from World War II. Yet, American deaths in World War I amounted to almost 120,000. Our students honored the lives lost to defend our country at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I. Inscribed on the tomb are the words “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”
The Washington National Cathedral, the sixth largest cathedral in the world, began construction under President Theodore Roosevelt’s tenure in 1907 and finished 83 years later in 1990 during President George H. W. Bush’s presidency. Also, our national cathedral includes an intriguing mix of catholicism and American history. Yes, the Washington National Cathedral includes a gargoyle typical among cathedrals. However, one of the gargoyles is the fictional character Darth Vader from Star Wars. Christopher Rader, a child from the 1980s, won a competition among schoolchildren for which sculpture was to be added.
Finally, our Small School Community represented Northern Nevada charter schools by meeting students like children from Jordan Valley, Oregon and Stewart, Alaska. Our students were fortunate enough to become good friends with children from all over the nation. The Lincoln Memorial is also famous for celebrating another one of our nation’s earliest proponents of racial equality, Martin Luther King Jr., who stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial during his famous, “I Have A Dream,” speech. This famous speech, of course, advocated for civil rights of Americans of all ethnicities and races.
Our SNACS Washington adventurers also visited numerous other national monuments including the World War II memorial, the Iwa Jima memorial and the Korean Conflict memorial.