2013-04-26 / Columnists

Dispatches

Wounded Warriors Trip Student Reflection
By Elizabeth Sullivan

On April 11th, 35 Bishop Kearney students left on a community service trip to Washington D. C. We took the long bus ride out there and you could feel the excitement in the air. When we arrived in D. C., we went to the Pentagon and were given a private tour by Colonel Michael Gould. It was amazing and a huge honor. That evening we respectfully visited the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon as well.

The next day we went to the USO Center at Fort Belvoir, to assist with serving lunch to our active duty military and those that have been injured. While we were there we met many military men and woman who relayed their experiences to us. We all enjoyed being of service to them for a change.

We also gave service at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, where we spent time listening to the stories of the retired Veterans from Korea and World War II while bringing them pajamas, cookies and baked goods made by the students and Faculty of Bishop Kearney High School. It was amazing and very rewarding to spend time with them. All of us were honored to meet those who fought for our country with such pride. Meeting these inspiring people is something I will never forget.

Later, we visited the Capital where we saw beautifully decorated rooms and learned so much about the history of our country. It truly was a fulfilling trip, but of course all good things must come to an end. So on April 15 we returned home. I am very glad I went on this trip: it is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I am very thankful for this opportunity and to everyone who made this trip happen. Note: Elizabeth Sullivan, of Belle Harbor, is a Junior at Bishop Kearney High School.

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