The 8th grade class of Lake Oconee Academy (LOA) recently had the exciting opportunity to tour the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., during a school trip from September 29 – October 3, 2014.
One of the most impactful moments of the trip was the participation of LOA students in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, home to more than 400,000 fallen active duty service members, veterans and their families. Four students were selected to represent LOA for their academic achievement and effort, high quality character, and class leadership. Jameshia Copeland, Ashton Evans, Calleigh Reber and Tyler Weir spoke with military personnel, received instructions on protocol for the ceremony, and placed the wreath at the Tomb on the Unknown Soldier.
“It was awesome,” said 8th grade student Jameshia Copeland. “I was nervous at first but the guard talked to us and told us where to stand and when to put our hands over our hearts. The wreath had our school name on it and was really pretty. It was very inspirational.”
Students were also able to visit many of the memorials and museums that Washington, D.C., has to offer. They spent time at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial, United States Capitol, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Newseum, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and National World War II Memorial.
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Contact: Kerry Minster