See, experience, think, reflect: D.C. 2014
It was a Veterans Day weekend to remember for 84 Loveland High School (LHS) seniors who spent three days in Washington D.C. seeing, experiencing, thinking and reflecting.
“It’s important to share the lessons of history and self-government, and when you can do it on site, it
magnifies the power of the lessons to be learned,” said LHS Teacher Dave Volkman, who organizes the annual trip. “Seniors are on the cusp of adulthood and full citizenship. They must realize that this nation and its future belongs to them. Washington reminds us that history is made by people, just like them, who were confronted with tough questions, and who had to make tough decisions.”
“My take away from the trip is a new sense of reality, and appreciation,” said LHS Senior Kayla Bullock. “It was incredible to see the Constitution, this faded old document that could easily be scrap paper actually being the basis for our government. To see the memorials, which honored the soldiers who gave their lives to protect it, provided the reality.”
“I loved Arlington National Cemetery,” said LHS Senior Willie Lutz. “There's a certain beautiful sadness to it. All the head stones are perfectly aligned like a gigantic, beautiful sculpture, but you know there are people's children buried below those stones, people's loved ones. It's amazing to think that they gave their life to this country. If they didn't, there might not be a Washington D.C. to visit.”
“Washington is a memorial to the American people who have gone before us, who rose to the challenge of self government, who paid the price, in peace or war,” said Volkman. “But, it is also a monument to the future and a question to us. Will we rise to the occasion? Will we accept the responsibilities of citizenship? Will we pay the cost, whatever that may be? I hope they begin to grasp the tremendous responsibility of being an American because they will write the next chapters of the American story.”