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Danny Juliano with dad Sam at JFK’s gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.

by Sam Juliano

To all those loving and resilient Moms and Mums out there, I hope you all had a beautiful Sunday in honor of your incomparable legacy.  I want to thank our very dear friend Dee Dee for remembering Mother’s Day on the sidebar, much as she acknowledges the year’s most celebrating moments on a regular basis.  She remains our own Rock of Gibraltar and loving friend.

Half of this past week was spent preparing for and attending an eighth-grade school trip to Washington D.C.  I served as one of the seven chaperons on the annual venture, which this year included the attendance of my son Danny, who graduates the eighth grade next month.  Although there was a period in my teaching career when I regularly made the trip, this is the first time I have done so in about 19 years.  Still overall I have participated about nine times, both as an educator and as a trustee on Fairview’s Board of Education (prior to my teaching career.)

I honestly can’t remember the last time I managed so much walking over a three-day period, and even now as I pen this report my legs, feet and hips are exceedingly sore.  The two buses left Fairview at around 6:30 A.M. on Wednesday morning, stopping first at Fort McHenry in Baltimore to tour the grounds and watch a video on Francis Scott Key and the advent of the “Star Spangled Banner.”  From there we arrived at Union Station in D.C., where the 66 kids and seven chaperons were given meal vouchers to negotiate at an over packed food court.  I sat at a table near an escalator and waited a while, only to find out later that the principal and a few other teachers were “looking” for me.  Getting lost on this trip on the very first day will be a humorous anecdote well into the future, as I have been reminded a few times already!  Ha!  In any case at this stage of the trip the kids were energetic, excited and having a great time.  Next up was an extended marathon visit to Arlington National Cemetery, which included a three mile walk to and from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and J.F.K’s eternal flame.  Although we absorbed a few rain showers during the three days, the time in Arlington was marked by gorgeous blue skies and sun.  The emotional Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier included the laying of the wreath by four Lincoln School soldiers, an act that was announced to the large gathering by one of the cadets. (more…)

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