Monarchs at 2013 Inauguration

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IMG_0272January 18 – Here we go! 17 of our ASB students head to Washington DC on a “red eye” flight.

Upon arrival, our 17 ASB students started their journey at the Washington Monument then toured many Smithsonian Museums.

Our first stop. The Washington Monument.

January 19 – We hit the ground running. Upon arrival, our students started their journey at the Washington Monument. The temperature during this picture was a brisk 33 degrees and it was 4:00 a.m. our time, but our Monarchs roared on. We toured the United States Holocaust Museum, enjoyed a walk through the National Mall, and toured the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. After dinner the students and their new friends from Mississippi and Tennessee geared up for night tour of Washington DC.

IMG_0299Monarchs at the Lincoln Memorial during the Washington DC night tour.

IMG_0378January 20 – Our day started with a tour at Arlington National Cemetery. The students watched the Changing of the Guard Ritual at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and learned about the history of Arlington National Cemetery.  Our DC tour continued at Mount Vernon before heading to an Inaugural Ball Dinner.

ImageJanuary 21 – Inauguration Day! We head out at 5:00 a.m. to secure our spot in the National Mall for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. We walked for several miles through barricaded areas before arriving at our destination. When we made our last turn into the National Mall we saw this beautiful sunrise over the Capitol building.

DSC_0308 Our students witnessed the 57th Presidential Inauguration! It was an amazing day as we stood out in the National Mall and witnessed this historical event.

IMG_0504January 22 –  We met up with Monarch Alumni today. Caitlin Alcala (’06), Michael Gallagher (’02), Juan Zarate (’89).

IMG_0571January 23 – After a flight cancellation and extra night in Washington DC, all Monarchs are back in California.


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