Monday, May 26, 2014
Im back in the U.S., thank you's , reflection, and Happy Memorial Day
Hello everybody, I am coming to you all from Chadron, NE! Yes I have some back! With that said the past 2 weeks have been absolutely incredible. I did so many things I will not forget, like the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, going to the Tower Bridge, watching the Changing of the Guard from Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, going to the Special Operations Room in the Central Control Center, going to Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and a lot of others that can be read about from the previous posts. Also a thank you so much personally who made this trip both possible and awesome. Dr. Watson for starting this trip nearly 40 years ago (they have taken this trip 37 times but there years where they did not take this trip). Thank you Dr. Nobiling for making the trip happen this year and for what you could to make it as it was. The various people at CSC and from Team George (a group of people who work towards getting funds for scholarships to make sure the trip started by Dr. George Watson continues) for helping get the funds to make this trip less of a loan burden later on.
The wonderful people at the ISA (International Study Abroad) with both Maria, many of the other people we met once or never met, for getting everything organized in London for us to do, the coaches for us to ride, the Oyster cards for more transportation assistance and for help with so many other things as possible. Constable Watson for getting everything organized on the end of the Metropolitan Police Department and getting us the lectures, allowing us to see things and do things most people, even those in London, do not do and do not see. I mean Maria one of the main people at the ISA who helped us a lifetime Londoner, went behind the gates of Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard and to the door of 10 Downing Street for the first time in her life, with a group of American college students. Everybody else at the London Metropolitan Police Department, for working with Constable Watson, in allowing us to do what we did, for helping us with our lectures, and in general being as open as they were about their careers. JoAnn, she was the Solicitor who gave up her time and us insight into the U.K. legal system. Sarah, she did just about all of our cultural tours giving us insight into the history of the city and other parts of the country, also a little into how the country and government works.
In general, this trip I think helped me understand the world around me, both as planned with the trip, and unplanned with the random people who I met. If I get the job in policing or something else within the system, or a job in security (like my current one at the college) or something like it, I think I learned a few things that may help me do those jobs better. Everything I have done on this trip will stay with me for life. Thank you to everyone else who I did not mention who made this trip possible and awesome.
One other thing, thank you United Kingdom for coming up with the tomb of the Unknown Warrior. It is the idea that eventually led to the Tomb of the Unknowns or the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Arlington National Cemetery. This is a national treasure that is probably the best way to remember those who died in action and were never identified. To those in the United States and everyone around the world who knows an American soldier who paid the ultimate price for their country. Happy Memorial Day. Happy Bank Holiday to the U.K
The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, photo credit Wikipedia (we were not allowed pictures)
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetary, photo credit Google