Follow JCJC Drum Major Ashton Robertson as she and the JCJC Marching Band head to Washington D.C. to perform in the Memorial Day Parade.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Our First Day

Sunday was our first full day of sightseeing in Washington. We got up early and spent the morning at Mt. Vernon, George Washington's home on the Pontotoc. It was a beautiful place and we had a lot of fun looking around the grounds. Our tour guides went with us and shared their knowledge of all things history! Next we went to Arlington National Cemetery, and I can honestly say that is the most awe-inspiring thing I have ever seen in my whole life. Over 300,000 people who served our country are buried there. Our tour guides have been the most helpful people ever on this trip. Touring our capital with them has been like one fun history lesson. We went to see the tomb of the unknown soldier and witnessed the changing of the guard. It started to rain while we were there but it was worth being wet and walking a mile without question just to see that ceremony. Those soldiers never blinked or stumbled, even with the rain. While we were there we actually found the grave of Medgar Evers and learned more about him. Next, we went to the White House to look at it and take some pictures. We didn't actually get to go inside but it was still awesome to see! After eating some very good hamburgers at Fuddrucker's we went to the 20th annual Memorial Day National Symphony Orchestra Concert on the lawn of The Capitol. That was simply amazing. They told the story of a wounded soldier and they had some famous singers come in. When we got back to the hotel, Mr. Adams let the seniors each have a minute to speak their minds just on their experiences in band and any advice they had for upcoming kids. It was a very emotional time because we were all realizing just how close we have become through the years we've had together. And since the next day was our last performance with these seniors, emotions were already high. It was a very fun, very long day.