4-H Citizenship Group Travels to Washington DC

Thirty-four youth, eighteen adults and three Extension Staff members from Chickasaw, Clayton, and Fayette Counties departed Northeast Iowa participating in the 2012 4-H Citizenship trip which was held March 31-April 6.

After traveling on a Windstar charter bus overnight, the first stop was Flight 93 Memorial at Shanksville, PA, where the youth laid a wreath to honor those whose lives were lost on 9-11-01. Gettysburg, PA was the next stop where the group visited the Visitor Center and toured the Gettysburg Battlefields. Following the tour the group departed for the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MA, making that their home for the weeks stay.

Monday morning was spent at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home. The group toured the grounds, his tomb, and beautiful visitor’s center. Monday afternoon was spent at the Washington Navy Yards in which the group toured the historical Navy ship, USS Barry. Monday evening, the group participated in an impressive night tour of the many monuments and memorials in Washington DC.

Tuesday morning the group toured the National Cathedral and enjoyed lunch and shopping at the Old Post Office and Historic Clock Tower. The afternoon was spent at the National Archives viewing the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. Following the Archive visit, groups toured the Smithsonian Institution buildings. To wrap up Tuesday, the group enjoyed touring Fords Theatre and the musical production of “1776.”

Wednesday, dressed in their 4-H polo shirts and khaki pants, the group toured the United States Capitol, enjoyed a quick lunch at Pentagon City and spent the afternoon viewing the Pentagon 911 Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and Iwo Jima. Supper was enjoyed at Maggiona’s Italian Family restaurant where the youth were served family style.

Thursday the group loaded the bus for the last day of touring. The first stop was a visit to the White House where many photos were taken before lunch and shopping at Union Station. During the afternoon, the group visited the Holocaust Museum, in which they viewed “Daniel’s Story” and the Bureau of Printing & Engraving where several posed by the one million dollar display. A river cruise aboard the “Nightingale” on the Potomac River provided all participants an additional view of the landscape of Washington D.C. in the late afternoon.

Attending the trip from Clayton County were 4-H'ers Emily Amundson, Miranda Barnhart, Nick Boehm, Eunju Eo, Jared Gerner, Renee Gibney, Andrea Glawe, Cole Kelly, Jessica Kramer, Madelin Medberry, Tristan Meyer, Marrisa Meyers, Luke Orr, Robin Rochleau, Samantha Tschirgi, and Emily Vorwald.

Adult chaperones from Clayton County included Dawn Amundson, Lisa Barnhart, Patti Gerner, Sarah Kelly, Greg & Deb Schulte, and Debie Vorwald. ISU Extension & Outreach Staff were Michele Kelly, Patrice Holthaus and Lynette Anderson.

Group Photos

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