Monday, March 12, 2012

Our World Tuesday: Creating, Remembering

Last week, our school took the sophomore class on a field trip while the juniors took the ACT test. We stopped at a gallery that was showing local middle and school students' artwork. This was my favorite:

From Field Trip
Here's a collabortive piece done by our high school students:
From Field Trip
After that, we moved along to visit some military memorials. A Vietnam veteran and a Marine veteran who was in Beirut, Lebanon, at the time our embassy was bombed were on hand with their wives to talk to us about Lebanon, 9/11, and Vietnam. Here is the local monument commemorating the Marines who perished in Lebanon as well as the four who died in Grenada:
From Field Trip
The 9/11 memorial was a remnant of the Twin Towers. Everyone touched the jagged edge as he or she walked by. These kids were toddlers on that horrible day, but they know now what they couldn't know then: 9/1l shaped their world.
From Field Trip
The Vietnam memorial was just as amazing as the previous two memorials. The names of the fallen were etched in glass, and the effect was ghostly. Can't even tell you. So many of our students had family members who were there. Some had multiple family members there, and they paid their respects.
From Field Trip
From Field Trip
The names of the fallen who came home were followed by an asterisk. Those who were still at large were followed by a circle.
From Field Trip
Our World Tuesday


Lisa at Greenbow said...

I love the artwork. I can see why you liked the turtle best. It is sad to think that this generation of kids will have a war to commerate too. Possibly another. Will it all not end??

Lin Floyd said...

wars have defined most generations as man continues to battle without learning the lessons involved...

Sylvia K said...

I do agree with Lin and we do seem to continue battling without learning anything. The horror yesterday of the US soldier shooting innocent people and children is a horrific example. Wonderful memorials and superb captures, Sandy!


Sandi McBride said...

now there's a trip I'd have loved to be on!!! Whimsey and heartbreak all in the same day...could I have born it?

Mama Zen said...

I adore that turtle!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A great field trip leading, I'm sure, to some important discussions once back in class the next day.

The art work is really good -- I could use that turtle here, he'd fit right in.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great field trip. I love the turtle painting. It looks like whoever painted it had an understanding of the dynamics of their swimming (not that I know a thing about it.)

Nice memorials. Taking kids to memorials is important so they can remember that freedom does have a price.

Indrani said...

Absolutely fantastic artwork.
Great shots of memorial, I can imagine how touching the experience must have been.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Sandy, I love the turtle too, it is a beautiful painting. The memorial is very touching and reminds me of the War Memorial in DC. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

Stewart M said...

Reminds me of the Wall in Washington. Still one of the most remarkable things I've seen.

Stewart M

ladyfi said...

So many memorials - when will we learn?

Love the artwork!

Snap said...

Wonderful field trip. Love both of the art pieces you shared. It is too bad we have memorials for war ... so much to remember ... so much to learn for everyone.

Emille said...

Both artworks are beautiful! Every highschool should take this trip to experience what has shaped our history!

Marie said...

Sandy, this is a wonderful field trip! Great photos! I know the kids learned a lot. It is so important that they understand all the aspects of our history! I used to comment on your blog...was on again off again during a two year difficult period for us, and now we have moved to AZ and I am back into blogging! Good to see your post!

Viola said...

So fantastic art work the students have done! I love the first one and its colors!! =) The #2 is good no 2.. :)

Pietro said...

Very fine art works!
Great pictures of memorial.

Hilary said...

That's so touching and such an important exposure for kids. Nicely done.