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Ohio College college students acquire new perspective in Washington, DC – Ohio College

A gaggle of 16 Ohio College college students traveled to the nation’s capital for an unforgettable three-day weekend final month. The scholars, together with six veterans, acquired to listen to Vice President Kamala Harris ship the Veterans Day handle at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery. They earned two credit score hours for taking part within the Memorial Voices examine away expertise in Washington, D.C. Along with attending the Arlington Nationwide Cemetery veterans service, they visited historic monuments and museums and acquired to discover town in small teams. 

The group visited memorials for World Struggle II, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson in addition to america Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Spy Museum, and the Nationwide Museum of African American Historical past and Tradition.

For senior Jon Kostival, built-in social research main within the Patton School of Schooling and a United States Military veteran, the Memorial Voices journey was a possibility to expertise a metropolis and websites he had lengthy needed to go to. Kostival mentioned america Holocaust Museum had a big effect on him, notably as a social research main. 

“The museum had me reflecting on how fragile human life is and the way we should be sure one thing just like the Holocaust by no means occurs once more,” Kostival mentioned. “I imagine the museum is finally a name to motion to do greater than be a bystander.”

Second-year pupil Christine Blay, a nursing and public well being main, loves historical past and the wealth of cultures and historical past on show in Washington, D.C. so she jumped on the alternative to journey to town and expertise a few of its memorials and museums with associates from Ohio College. 

“Visiting locations just like the Smithsonian Museum of African Artwork and the Nationwide Museum of African American Historical past and Tradition in some ways has introduced me a lot nearer to my roots and tradition,” Blay mentioned. 

Love of journey and town of Washington, D.C. additionally impressed graduate pupil Trinh Nguyen to take part within the Memorial Voices journey. Nguyen, a Vietnamese pupil in Asian Research and schooling, appreciated studying American views on the Vietnam Struggle by visiting the Vietnam Memorial on the Nationwide Mall in Washington. 

“Tombstones are silent, however they will inform us a lot about historical past,” Nguyen mentioned. “They remind me as a instructor to encourage my college students to be thankful for the previous, to worth peace, and at all times think about issues from completely different views. This journey gave me precious expertise as a instructor.”

Colby Berry, Ethan Barnes, Jon Kostival, and Blade Eblin are shown at the WWII Memorial
OHIO veterans Colby Berry, Ethan Barnes, Jon Kostival, and Blade Eblin are proven on the WWII Memorial.

Sue Fletcher, curriculum coordinator within the Workplace of First Yr and Scholar Transitions, and Dr. Lisa Flowers-Clements, assistant director for advising and scholarship compliance within the Workplace of Multicultural Scholar Entry and Retention, led the journey. Fletcher has led the Memorial Voices journey for a number of years and designed it as an expertise that permits college students to expertise Washington’s memorials and museums via the lens of voices that ought to be remembered and honored. 

A part of the expertise included facilitated dialogue of the that means of Veterans Day. Kostival appreciated the chance to attach with and forge friendships with different OHIO veterans and to share his views as a veteran with different college students in an accepting setting.

“Our discussions all made me really feel supported and that my service mattered,” Kostival mentioned. “The transition from service member to pupil is commonly difficult, however this journey confirmed that folks care, wish to hear about our experiences, and wish to mirror with us.”

The Memorial Voices journey is open to any OHIO pupil however prioritizes the participation of scholars who’re veterans.   

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