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The buses were noisy. Classmates were fidgety, whispering, stealing looks at friends or crushes, enjoying the day away from classes. As the day continued, room after stuffy room, chatter increased as patience decreased.
Suddenly, the group stood quietly solemn as their tour guide led them to the rotunda. Veterans in uniform gathered, saluting Old Glory. With walkers, in wheelchairs, or standing silently, these men and women stopped the idle chatter and nervous giggles in the mouths of those students. In that moment, they stopped short and saw anew the architecture and strength in the government building they toured.
Perhaps they would remember this as more than a day off.
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