Seventeen Juniors with Mr. Kevin Ramkissoon and Mrs. Diana Hardin, and two bus drivers left Madison Academy Saturday evening, September 17th to see and discover places and battlefields on the East Coast. Their journey began in Philadelphia where they toured the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall and saw the Liberty Bell. Next stop was Baltimore where students explored the B & O Railroad Museum, Fort McHenry and visited the Inner Harbor Historical ships and toured the USS Constellation. That evening the group attended an Orioles-Red Sox game at Camden Yards.
In Washington, DC the group visited the Newseum and then in the afternoon had free time to walk around and explore any of the Smithsonian museums such as the American History Museum, Natural History Museum, National Gallery of Art, or the Air & Space Museum. Another nearby site to consider was the National Archives. In the evening students did a survey on the Monuments Walking Tour that included the Jefferson, FDR, MLK Korean War Vets, Lincoln, Vietnam War Vets and WWII memorials.
Still in DC, the students visited the Washington Monument and then went to the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. In the afternoon the next stop was at Arlington National Cemetery where Mr. Daryl Willard, a Tomb Guard and Army Drill Instructor, and former Ramkissoon student gave a guided tour.
Before leaving DC, students had a guided tour of the US Capitol and visited the Folger Shakespeare Library. In the afternoon they traveled to Virginia and visited the Manassas Battlefield. After supper, the group headed home and arrived back here Friday morning.