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Day 1 – Saturday – Washington DC – Vietnam, Lincoln, & Korean War Memorials
Arrive in Washington DC this afternoon. Meet your local guide and visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Veteran Memorial. Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant. Check into your area DC hotel for a three night stay. (Holiday Inn Express or similar) (D)
Day 2 – Sunday – National Memorial Day Choral Festival
This morning, visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Discover the past, present & future of the Marine Corps is told in a state-of-the- art facility. Experience what it means to be a Marine! Enter a recruiting station. Step aboard the bus taking you to boot camp. Stand astride the famed “yellow footprints” and hear the roar of your first dreaded drill instructor issuing commands! Learn how diversified American youngsters are transformed into self-disciplined, courageous, cohesive comrades-in-arms forever woven into the historic fabric of the Marine Corps. You will leave with an understanding of the Marine Corps motto Always Faithful “Semper Fidelis.”
Next, stop at the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue). One of the largest bronze statues ever cast depicts the American Flag being raised on Mount Suribachi during World War II and commemorates all Marines who have died in battle since 1775.
Then you stop at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a spectacular view of the city from the terrace, and see the famous bronze bust of John F Kennedy in the grand foyer. You then head into the Kennedy Center Theatre for the National Memorial Day Choral Festival. Enjoy the National Memorial Day Choral Festival, featuring choirs from across the United States, the United States Air Force Orchestra, and the Air Force Band. The festival honors those veterans past and present who have sacrificed so much for the liberties we currently enjoy in our country, as well as around the world.
Next, visit the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and experience portraiture beyond the frame. Collections present people of remarkable character and achievement: American artists, politicians, scientists, inventors, activists, presidents, poets, performers, leaders, rebels, artists, visionaries and entrepreneurs whose prominent personalities shaped our culture and tell the diverse story of America.
Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant. Following dinner, enjoy an Illuminated Monuments and Memorials tour with a local guide. You will see the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima), the Air Force Memorial, the Washington Monument, the National World War II Memorial and more if time allows. (B,D)
Day 3 – Monday – National Memorial Day Parade & Arlington National Cemetery
This morning you meet your local guide for another tour of the Monuments. You will see the Air Force Memorial, the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Park, and the National World War II Memorial.
Next, enjoy exclusive seating for the Memorial Day Parade and a VIP lunch. The National Memorial Day Parade is the largest Memorial Day parade broadcasted across the nation to thousands of viewers. Your seats will be located near troops and other high ranking officials. Watch marching bands, youth groups, floats, performers and, of course, veterans, down Constitution Avenue as we honor those who have served or are presently serving in the U.S. military.
This afternoon you head to Arlington National Cemetery and a ride on the tourmobile. Arlington is the final resting place for President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audie Murphy, prizefighter Joe Louis, and thousands of soldiers from every major U.S. war. Arlington House home of Civil War General Robert E. Lee, Space Shuttle Challenger astronaut’s Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknowns are also located on these famous 612 acres.
During your visit, you are able to lay roses on the graves of fallen soldiers. Roses will be provided by donations to the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, dedicated to making floral tributes to those who bravely served our country. You will also see the Changing of the Guard. The guard is changed every hour on the hour in an elaborate ritual.
Dinner will be on your own this evening. (B,L)
Day 4 – Tuesday – White House & Capitol Hill Touring
Arrive in Washington, DC. First stop is the White House Visitor’s Center. Here you meet your local guide for an afternoon of touring. Take an interactive tour of the White House, view over 90 artifacts from the White House collection, shop at the White House Historical Association retail store, and view the 14 minute film, “White House: Reflections From Within.” You will also have a chance to stop at the White House for a photo opportunity.
You also stop at the American Veteran Disabled for Live Memorial which honors veterans of the armed forces of the United States who were permanently disabled during the course of their national service.
Next, you visit the Capitol Hill Visitors Center. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol. Features include an exhibition gallery highlighting the House & Senate while in-session, orientation theaters, a 550-seat cafeteria, and gift shops.
Then you tour the United States Capitol. The most recognized symbol of democratic government in the world, the U.S. Capitol has housed Congress since 1800 and is one of the most imposing public buildings in the world. The Capitol is where Congress meets to write the laws of our nation, and where presidents are inaugurated. Its ceilings are decorated with historic images, and its halls are lined with statuary and paintings representing great events and people in the nation’s history.
Visit the United States Library of Congress. Established as an act of Congress is 1800, The Library of Congress is the largest national library in the world with more than 100 million items in three buildings. The library has more than 650 miles of bookshelves, and more than 138 million objects in 470 different languages. If for any reason an inside tour is not available or the wait in line is extremely long our guide will conduct a tour outside the buildings.
Next, you stop at the Supreme Court Building (Tour outside only). Within the walls of this white marble monument the third branch of government exercises its mandate to protect and interpret the spirit of the Constitution. After your tour, depart for home. (B)