WASHINGTON, DC - After a long first day, we start the second -- and last -- day rejuvenated and excited to visit more memorials and museums.
Our first stop on the way is the "Big 4" memorials, Korean War, Lincoln, National World War II, and Vietnam Veterans. These monuments help us understand the struggles that we have overcome in the past, such as slavery, or the various wars around the world that the U.S. was involved in.

We also visited the engraving of Manuel Louis Font, a Summit soldier who was killed within the first three weeks of arriving at the Vietnam War. Our thoughts still go out to his family.

From there we went to the White House, and then to the International Spy Museum. Overall, this trip was filled with exciting experiences, and lessons that I will carry with me forever.

Julia Szynal is an Eighth Grader at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS), one of 324 students -- along with 36 teachers and administrators -- that traveled to Washington. DC, for the annual LCJSMS trip to the nation's capital.

Julia supplied first-hand accounts of their experiences as they, together, saw and learned more about the nation and its history.