By Brooke Allen, Professor of Political Science
Late on a Wednesday evening in May, a group of 32 Macomb students and faculty boarded a tour bus and, with the generous support of the Welsh Foundation, embarked upon what would be a three-day tour of Washington, D.C.
The first day was D.C. HOT and full of sightseeing. We toured Arlington National Cemetery, where we saw Kennedy’s gravesite and witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In the afternoon, we were lucky enough to get tickets to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum opened just last year and has already seen close to two million visitors. We finished the day by walking to the MLK, FDR, and Jefferson memorials.
Day two started bright and early with tours of several D.C. mainstays, including the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. We walked through the Vietnam and Korean War memorials before stopping by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a photo in front of the White House. Our last two stops of the day were the Holocaust Museum and the Pentagon Memorial, both moving exhibits that impacted everyone in our group.
Our third day began with a tour of the Library of Congress, a magnificent architectural gem and the largest library in the world. After that, we visited the Capitol, followed by the National Archives to see original copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. We then explored the Peterson House, where President Lincoln died in 1865. Our last stop of the trip was the World War II Memorial, where we were honored to see several veterans and their families.
Tired yet inspired, our weary band of travelers boarded the bus for the 11-hour return trip home. Each of us took different memories and impressions from the trip, but all of us will certainly remember this experience for years to come.