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Students invited to wreath-laying

Posted: June 10, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: June 10, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian School students Christine Anderson, Micah Wyllie, London Taylor and Allison Swales will participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery during a school-sponsored trip to Washington, D.C. next week.

For the last 14 years, Santa Clarita Christian School has organized a trip to Washington, D.C., for students to experience American history first-hand.

But this year’s trip goes beyond a visit to the capital. Four Santa Clarita Christian students have been invited to participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery.

It’s a first for the private Christian school in Canyon Country. Students Christine Anderson, Allison Swales, London Taylor and Micah Wyllie, all age 14, say they are humbled by the opportunity.

“There are so many ways to say thank you,” Allison said, “and not many kids have the opportunity to do this.”

The students, who recently wrapped up the eighth grade at Santa Clarita Christian, will assist the soldier who places the wreath during a 30-minute ceremony on Wednesday. The school has spent the last four years applying to be part of the ceremony.

The students were selected from 27 peers based on a school essay assignment. Students were asked to write about why soldiers are willing to sacrifice their lives for their country.

“It’s the greatest country, and that’s why people die for it,” London said.

London’s grandfather, a Vietnam veteran, will join the group at the capital and recalled when his grandfather told him, “I’m proud of you. It’s an honor to do this for your country.”

Though none of the students has visited Washington, D.C., before, they have been learning about American history all year in preparation for the trip.

Six days of fast-paced sightseeing from June 11 to 16 will include museums, memorials, Virginia and Capitol Hill.

“Seeing it gives more of a meaning to you than just learning about it,” Swales said.

“What we learn in the classroom can’t compare to what we see in real life,” Wyllie said. “History class won’t compare.”


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