Troop 868 in Action


WASHINGTON, DC  (June 20~28)

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By Wednesday morning, everyone was tired, so we slept in a bit later than usual and spent the morning at the Ministry Center working on Citizenship in the Nation with any of the boys who hadn't already earned that merit badge --- which was the majority of the group.  After lunch, we rode the subway to the Pentagon then spent most of the afternoon at Arlington National Cemetery.  We walked from there to the Marine Corps Memorial.

On Thursday morning we returned to the Capitol to make a return visit to the Senate Gallery in hopes of seeing something happening on the floor.  We then visited the House Gallery.  After we got to the House Gallery, it got very busy and the staff asked us to leave after less than 10 minutes.  This was rather disappointing, as we had not really had a chance to get the feel of how the House operated.

We toured the exhibits in the Capitol Visitor Center then met briefly with Senator Mitch McConnell on the steps of the Senate.  Immediately afterward, we met with Representative Brett Guthrie on the steps of the House.  When we told Mr. Guthrie of our disappointment in being run out of the House Gallery after such a short visit, he graciously offered to personally escort us back inside and seated us in the Members Gallery where we were able to stay and observe the House in session until we were ready to leave.

It was near the end of the day and the House was voting on a series of amendments to a defense appropriations bill.  The House was full of activity as nearly all the members were showing up to cast their votes on the various amendments and, ultimately, on the final bill.  We got to watch as the House voted how to spend $9 billion of our tax money.

The marker behind the scout commemorates Sept 11 when terrorists crashed a hijacked airplane into the building.  The scaffolding and boarded windows shows where reconstruction in that part of the building is not yet completed. Downtown Washington, DC as viewed from the front steps of Robert E. Lee's former home, Arlington.  Confiscated by the Union during the Civil War and turned into a graveyard, the former plantation became Arlington National Cemetery.
An honor guard marches at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
At the front gate of Arlington National Cemetery. The U.S. Marine Corps Memorial is commonly called "The Iwo Jima Memorial" for an obvious reason.
The inscription reads at the base of the memorial reads, "UNCOMMON VALOR WAS A COMMON VIRTUE." A statue at the DC end of the bridge that leads from the Lincoln Memorial across the Potomac River to Arlington Cemetery.
Troop 868 on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with Representative Brett Guthrie.  The Capitol dome is visible in the background. Troop 868 on the steps behind the Senate end of the Capitol with Senator Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader of the Senate.

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