Alexander is a steak-eating, videogame-playing, football-loving 11-year-old who absolutely loves learning about American history. Inspired by stories his cousins shared with him about their trips to Washington, D.C., Alexander couldn’t wait to see the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument for himself. He wanted nothing more than to tour all of the amazing landmarks in the nation’s capital and learn about their rich history. So when Make-A-Wish volunteers told him that he was going to do just that, he could not contain his excitement.
“He couldn’t stop smiling,” said one of the volunteers at Alexander’s wish reveal. With each new item they went over on the itinerary his excitement grew. Two days later, Alexander and his family were on a plane traveling to D.C. to see his wish come to life. His first day began with a trip to the National Museum of American History where Alexander got to learn about artifacts, from gowns to locomotives. The rest of his week consisted of trips to Mount Vernon, the National Archives, the Children’s Science Center, and even the White House. His trip continued with a Big Bus tour that took him right in front of the Lincoln Memorial. He had heard it was big from his cousins, and was happy to see that it did not disappoint, “It’s HUGE!” Alexander noted.
The trip concluded the Saturday of that week, but the impact it left on him did not. “You truly made his wish come true” said Alexander’s mom. The eleven-year-old is so happy that his previous curiosities about the nation’s capital were no longer just curiosities. He now has a history of our national monuments and amazing memories with his family, which he will never forget.