Angela Fralick

Essay #4, All about D.C.

During my freshmen year at Columbia High School I had the liberty of taking a trip to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., as well as other cities along the way.  The trip was one of a lifetime.  I will never forget the beautiful landscapes of the capital’s terrain, of Arlington National Cemetery or the Vietnam War Memorial.  I never realized that one district could contain so many exciting places.  From the national landmarks to the site seeing of other popular surrounding places, I will never forget a single moment of my retreat to Washington, D.C.

        The trip took a grueling fifteen-hours by bus from Lake City, Fl.  The first place I arrived at was the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.  The cemetery was first constructed in 1864 as a burial ground for armed forces veterans and their dependants, as well as soldiers killed in battle. ()  To me, the Arlington Cemetery was a very peaceful and serene place.  The cemetery consisted of approximately 3 miles of shining white marble tombstones and was beautifully landscaped with shaped bushes and oak trees.  While I was there I visited the graves of former presidents John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft, and also the grave of former world heavyweight boxer Joe Lewis.  

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        Another well-known place I visited in Arlington was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  The tomb honored unidentified soldiers killed in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. (College.hmco.com) While I was at the tomb I had the privilege of watching the changing of the guard.  The changing of the guard was a ceremony held during the day where the soldier that is guarding the tombs changed out with another soldier.  

        After I visited in Arlington, Virginia, I then moved on to Washington, D.C.  The first place I visited was the United States ...

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