. The only requirements for the statues are that they be made of bronze or marble, and that the person portrayed be deceased. One statue may be replaced at any time, and we learned that a Statue of Ronald Reagan will soon replace Civil War Politician Thomas Starr King. After much more exploring, guided by History Liaison Kevin Young, we ate lunch as we waited in the line for the National Archives. The boys were inspired by the video and could not wait to see the famous documents which included the Magna Carta, The Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution. Other highlights included the emancipation proclamation, interactive exhibits such as an insight into the making of the movie "Glory", and of course, the gift shop. We have never felt more American! SO much in one day! But it the day was only half over... We travelled to a park on the waterfront for some play time and relaxation. Some boys slept or read on the bus (deemed a QUIET zone) and others relaxed on the waterfront or played games in the shadow of the Washington monument. The boys especially enjoyed "Bach, Bach, Beethoven" (duck, duck, goose) which is a game created (sorta) by David Cortes' music teacher, and GGBC blogger Samara Olivier. Finally, after snacks and hydration time, we arrived at the Kennedy Center. We were surprised to hear that our performance would be broadcast live on the web. You can see the archived performance on the web (and I believe the link was provided by Adam's mother). The performance was a success, as the boys received another standing ovation from the FULL HOUSE!. There were at least 300 people in attendance, so, this was no lightweight performance, and the boys did very well. They were rewarded with a delicious dinner of chips, hot sandwiches, and cookies at the local favorite - "Potbelly Sandwich Works". Thankfully the rain waited until the end of the day! It doesn't seem that we could top this day, but we have many more exciting things to come. Tomorrow we will visit George Washington's home at Mount Vernon, the Mall (no, not the shopping kind), and we will take in the silent veteran's parade at sunset, near the Iwo Jima Memorial. But for now, we will sleep.
Wow! What a great day! The boys began their day with a trip to the capitol building. Thanks to the Vaziranis we did not have to wait in the line! It was hot and sunny today, and this made for a beautiful backdrop for pictures outside the dome. The boys learned a lot about the most important building of our government. Our tour guide was excellent. He told us all about the statues, paintings, and other artwork that adorn the Capitol's grand rotunda and the national statuary hall (formerly the House of Representative's chamber). He explained to the boys about the separate wings for the House of Representatives, and the Senate, and the wide variety of backgrounds that congress men and women often come from. I'm sure that one day we will have a GGBC alum on the hill. For now, it was exciting enough to walk by Nancy Pelosi's office. We had another moment of California/San Francisco pride when we learned that each state is allowed to send two statues to the capitol, and we saw a bronze likeness of Junipero Serra