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The 7th and 8th grade students of Pioneer Valley Christian Academy experienced so many once in a life time opportunities while on the Washington, D.C. trip; from seeing the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, to participating in and observing a wreath-laying ceremony on the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, to taking a tour of our nation’s Capital, to having lunch at the Officers’ Club and a tour of the stables and caissons on the base of Ft. Myer. Other sites included the Holocaust Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the American History museum, Ford’s Theater, the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and the Museum of the Bible. Monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the WWII Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial also made the trip unforgettable. Here is what one parent said about their student’s experience:

 

 

“My daughter learned about the importance of our nation’s most infamous monuments and how and why they are so critically important for us as a nation. She interacted with exhibits that helped shape the world- some beneficial like the God-given innovations of the human mind; and some horrific like seeing the depravities of a human heart by tracing a person’s life story at the Holocaust museum. She heard about Mr. Refsnider’s life’s work as a commander prior to PVCA and heard the personal story about a fallen comrade in arms. She saw rows of obscure names on walls and crosses. She learned about freedom and how important it is to never forget our fallen heroes and why they gave all for her. She heard about the foundational stories that shaped our nation’s history – when today, in her generation, the voices of the ungodly are screaming out and telling her generation what to believe! She is learning how to rightly divide TRUTH from error. She saw it and experienced it for herself!”