Approaching the end of the travel season it’s always nice to see the Alachua Safety Patrols. I was with the first group of buses and had about 500 people in DC this week. The next group of buses are there now. I want to thank the Alachua County Sheriff Office and the teachers at all of the schools for all their hard work and dedication to these fifth graders. I’m sure a lot of them will never get back to DC again but those memories will never leave them. There was a Sheriff Deputy on each bus, nine buses total, and most of them were first timers. They ran into the “Honor Flight” (World War II veteran’s) at the Lincoln Memorial and saw a display on the National Mall called “One Million Bones” bringing awareness to world-wide genocide. Their Representative from Alachua County, Rep. Ted Yoho, joined them for breakfast at the hotel a couple of days and met them at the group photo and talked with them for several minutes. He also got them House Of Representative Gallery passes. That was over and above. All in all they are a great group to travel with and had a great tour.
You can visit www.acsosafetypatroltrip.com for more up to date information along with photos of the students.
The students had the honor of meeting some World War II vets at the Lincoln Memorial
The students also got to see One Million Bones at the National Mall
One Million Bones is a large-scale social arts practice, combining education, hands-on art making, and public installations to raise awareness of ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in places like Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Burma.
For the past three years we have been collecting 1,000,000 handcrafted bones for a three-day installation event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., June 8-10, 2013. The installation will exist as a collaborative site of conscience to honor victims and survivors, and will also serve as a visual petition against ongoing conflicts and a resounding call for much need and long overdue action.