COLEMAN — The eighth-grade students of Coleman Middle School visited Washington, D.C., Oct. 21. Accompanied by chaperones and led by Jeremy Brady and Joy Rohde, the 47 eighth-graders visited the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Monument, the Air Force Memorial and the Pentagon Memorial. Their trip also included a visit to the White House, the statue of Albert Einstein, the Vietnam Wall, the Korean Memorial, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Mike Gallagher met the group on their visit to the U.S. Capitol. They then went on to tour the Smithsonian American and National History museums, the National Archives and the Holocaust Museum.
At Mount Vernon, some students along with chaperones who are military veterans, were able to participate in the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Washington’s Tomb. Jenna Styczynski and Noah Nosgovitz led the Pledge of Allegiance and read a passage for the ceremony. Along with all the sightseeing and tours, the students were able to have a dinner cruise on the Potomac River and a historic ghost ride through Alexandria.
The donations by the Coleman Lioness Club, the Lions Club and Graetz Manufacturing helped to make the field trip a reality.