Next month, we’re taking a meaningful trip to the nation’s capital! The Tide ministry is planning a May 14 group bus trip to the National Arboretum and Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
“We are looking forward to this time with our community to not only appreciate the beauty of God’s creation but to also immerse ourselves in a very sad but important time in our history,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk.
The chartered coach bus will depart from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, the U.S. headquarters of The Tide ministry, at 7 a.m. May 14. Participants will be treated to a windshield tour of the Arboretum with an exclusive step-on guide through the gardens. Located 2 miles northeast of the Capitol Building, the National Arboretum is operated by the U.S. Dept of Agriculture. Established by an act of Congress in 1927 and encompassing 446 acres, the Arboretum functions as the city’s botanical center. The bus tour will take travelers along 9 miles of a paved circuit through the gardens, as they view the Classical Chinese Garden, National Capitol Columns, Fern Valley, Historic Roses and the National Grove of State Trees.
After the garden tour, the group will head to the Holocaust Museum Café for lunch, then embark on a three-hour, self-guided walking tour of the museum, whose mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral and spiritual questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.
Three levels comprise the permanent exhibit as visitors move through the history of the Holocaust. Participants can listen to the experiences of American men and women who saw first-hand evidence of Nazi atrocities in the exhibition called “American Witnesses.” Travelers will also explore the museum’s unique architecture in the Hall of Witness, the three-story glass, brick and steel atrium that forms the central core of the museum building. Since its dedication in 1993, the Holocaust Museum has welcomed more than 40 million visitors, including 99 heads of state and more than 10 million schoolchildren for the moving, riveting, life-changing experience.
The Tide ministry trip to Washington, D.C., includes transportation, the garden tour, museum entrance and a group dinner, with the evening concluding around 7 p.m. Ticket cost is $95. For more information, click here.