At 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, a group of travelers met at Richard Fullilove’s house to leave for Memphis International Airport. The group boarded a Delta Airlines plane and headed for Washington, D.C. around 8:30 a.m. The plane landed in Washington around 11:30 a.m.
The group rode the Metro to the Embassy Suites Hotel located at Chevy Chase Pavilion. While in Washington, the group toured the Smithsonian, the Spy Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Holocaust Museum, Mt. Vernon, the Supreme Court, the White House and the National Museum of Art.
The Old Post Office and Union Station were two particular places of interest where the group had lunch. The group also rode the senators’ private subway from the Dirksen Building to the Capitol for a tour of the building. After the tour, the group met with Senator Cochran for a picture.
On Sunday morning, members of the group decided to ride to the top of Washington Monument. The group enjoyed the spectacular view of the north, south, east and west side of the city from the vantage point atop the monument.
The limo would drop off the group at each memorial or monument and then return to pick them up and move on to the next site of interest. The group visited such sites as the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the WWII Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial. The group also took a one hour private tour of the extremely beautiful and impressive Washington Cathedral.
On July 14, the group checked out of the hotel and took the metro to Reagan International Airport. All said it was a fun and educational trip to the nation’s capital.
This year’s group included Richard Fullilove, Campbell Melton, Marietta Battle, Caroline Battle, Joseph Melton, Garland Melton, Catherine Melton, Jake Graves, Sam McCormick, Austin Hagstrom, Trey Woods and Adam Fullilove.