By: Jillian H.
For two nights and three days, D.C. met Duxbury. On Sunday, November 15th, thirty-eight students and four teacher-chaperones boarded a flight to Washington, D.C. Despite having only a few days, the extended Holocaust field trip was able to fit in a great deal of the city.
Many of the attendees found the D.C. trip and particularly the Holocaust museum very powerful. Holocaust teacher Mrs. Sullivan said, “I’ve been teaching this class a long time, but when you see actual items that belonged to some of the six million Jews that were murdered, it rips your heart out.”
Sophomore Franziska R., an exchange student from Germany, said, “The most memorable moment was when we were in the museum…we already learn a lot about the Holocaust in Germany, but it is interesting to hear what people from other countries learn about.”
In addition to the Holocaust Museum, the group visited places such as the Washington Monument, National Archives, Capitol, White House, Air and Space Museum, and various war memorials. Students and teachers alike were able to see the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, walk through the theater where President Lincoln was shot, and even witness the House in session at the Capitol.
Junior Rachel K. said, “I believe the trip helped me to appreciate the things we learn about in school…I was able to relate the material learned in school to many of the places we saw and took new information back with me to Duxbury.”
Rachel K. said, “The most memorable moment of the trip for me was going to the top of the Washington monument. You could see practically the entire city, and it was an incredible experience.” Agreeing, junior Meghan G. said, “We laughed and took pictures with our friends and teachers and really got the chance to sit down and think and appreciate the trip that we were lucky enough to have gone on.”
Unfortunately, the Paris Attacks occurred two days prior to the trip, and some students were frightened. “We often were worried about if something was coming our way…but our teachers and friends were able to reassure us that we were safe and protected,” said Meghan G.
History teacher Mr. Kennedy said, “What you saw was not necessarily more security on the streets, but when you saw the security, you noticed it. For example, when we went to the Capitol, the security had their AR-15’s out.” Nonetheless, many agreed fear did not detract from their experiences.
When asked if he would go again, Mr. Kennedy said, “Absolutely. There is so much more there to see and we only saw a very, very small percentage of it…I would go back in a heartbeat.”
Photo Courtesy of Mrs. Sullivan