While Washington DC is not a state, I had the opportunity to add it to my list. I was able to earn Law merit badge with the DEA Museum. This has become my absolute favorite merit badge. I appreciate the support I received in doing the badge. General Estrada helped me get the interviews set up. MAJ Erikson and CPT Torres. I was pretty sure I wanted to join the USMC or Air Force, but thanks to them, I am considering joining the National Guard. I can then serve my country at the same time as holding a civilian career. I also found that Pre-law may not be the “right” degree for me. I can get my undergraduate degree in any field and then apply to law school. I am very interested in representing young people so I will need to look at what is best.
Mr. Josh was my counselor and he was super awesome. When we arrived at the DEA building, we had to go through a strict security. He then took us on a tour of the new museum. It has been completely remodeled but not opened yet due to Covid. There are some finishing touches and they hope to have a grand opening in the spring. It was interesting to see the many jobs of the DEA. Not everyone is an agent but everyone is important. It was also sick to see all of the things they took from criminals. Can you imagine have so much money that you have your gun covered in gold and diamonds?! We also saw death masks and learned why the have them. If you ever go to DC, I highly recommend visiting the museum.
We made a visit to Arlington National Cemetery as well. There were strict Covid protocols, which meant we could not see many of the normal things like the Tomb of the Unknow. We were able to go to the grave sites of dad’s soldiers though. I have heard Dreasky’s name a lot, but it was my first time being at his grave that I can remember. As we walked around this special place, I realized that while some people see it as a sad place, I do not. While it is sad we lost those that are there, Arlington is a place of great honor and remembrance. It is special, like those that served.
We were also able to go by many of the sites of DC. We chose not to take a traditional tour because of Covid, but Dad was able to find a DC tour app that we could use. I was able to see the memorials, the White House, the Capitol and many things. It is hard for me to consider that only days after I left, the Capitol was breeched. I hope that in the weeks and months ahead, we are able to resolve our differences. I plan to visit DC in the fall with my school. I am looking forward to the trip back.