Local Ravenswood Middle School student, Ally Vintorini, recently took a trip to Washington D.C. through the All-Star United States Organization.
Holding the title of Junior Miss All-Star United States, Vintorini received a private tour of the nation’s capital with her sister queens on Feb. 27 through March 1.
With patriotism as her pageant platform, Vintorini described the trip as an “Awesome opportunity.”
While in Washington D.C. the young ladies were given a tour of the United States Capitol building by Senator Lindsey Graham’s office and used the Senators’ and Congress’ private subway system.
Other landmarks they toured included the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the White House; as well as the Vietnam, Korean, and World War II memorials.
Unfortunately, Vintorini was not feeling well on the day of the White House tour and was unable to attend; however, she was able to tour the other locations during her trip.
She said her favorite landmark was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
According to Wikipedia, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or the Tomb of the Unknowns is a monument dedicated to deceased United States service members whose remains have not been identified.
During the tour of the tomb, Vintorini was able to participate in a ceremony, in which she said: “It was a huge honor.”
“I actually got to meet one of the guards who was stationed. He taught us all the history about the tomb and everything,” Vintorini said. “It was really cool.”
“They took them on a tour of the guards’ living quarters,” Vintorini’s mother Sarah said. “He provided them with an overview history of the tomb and why it’s guarded. It was just really neat because I think a lot of people think that these guards; you can’t speak to them and they’re very serious, but to see him behind the scenes and really interact with the girls, it was really something special.”
Sarah added that the guards are at their post 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, no matter the weather.
“Even now while the cemetery is closed, they are still guarding their post,” Sarah said. “It’s very moving.”
During their tour of the Capitol building, Vintorini was able to see where the Senators’ offices were. She said that she was unable to meet with the West Virginia Senators, who were traveling; however, they did get to see their offices and the Senators knew the ladies would be there touring the building.
“It was definitely neat to see all of the work that goes into running our country,” Sarah said.
According to Vintorini, she learned a lot from her trip to the nation’s capital.
“I’m just really thankful honestly,” Vintorini said. “I really can’t express how thankful I was to be given this amazing opportunity.”