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Day 16, Sunday, July 1, 2012: Sunday was an absolutely lovely day in D.C., and a fantastic start to July as well as the week our country celebrates its independence. We began the day by attending church with our neighbors again, and went to Mt. Vernon UMC. It was a lovely service, with wonderful music, and after church our group headed to Union Station for lunch.

Today we continued our American history adventures in D.C. by going to see the National Archives. They had some fascinating exhibits on different forms of communication, letters from Lincoln and Washington, and many other documents. They even had an outstanding part in one of their exhibits about Glory, one of my favorites (if you haven’t seen it you must! It definitely points out the injustices that the American government posed upon distinguished African American soldiers serving during the Civil War for the Union). It is an excellent film, and they had letters and other articles from the actual story and compared it to the portrayal in the movie. It was a fabulous section of the museum. In addition to see many amazing letters, the Emancipation Proclamation and other documents, one of the most fascinating documents preserved there and displayed to the public is the Magna Carta. This 1200’s document is in remarkable shape for the age of it, and is amazing to look at. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and supporting documents for these were also amazing to see at the Archives. It was a great start to the week that we honor our independence and was amazing to see the faded (almost illegible) signatures of the founders on the Declaration.

After our exploration of the Archives, we headed across the street to the National Gallery of Art. It was fantastic! (and we only went in two sections of the museum…don’t worry, we’re going back). I saw some of my favorite artists’ work there: Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Monet, Renior, Degas and many more. Don’t worry, I had a total freak-out of excitement in the tiny time we were actually in the museum. And of course, I visited the giftshop prior to our departure and purchased a few items. Basically, I cannot wait to go back and see more of my favorite artists’ works there (and discover at least one new favorite painting).

Basically, it was the best Sunday ever. I love being here in D.C.

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