June 9, 2019
As the overcast skies cleared, the group could see the Capitol as they landed in Washington, DC. The excitement was palpable as the group determined what the first day of their trip would hold. The answer: a visit to Georgetown to see the Old Stone House, the oldest structure on its original foundation in Washington, D.C., and a jazz performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
These experiences brought to light the legacy that is so ever present in the city of Washington D.C. The Old Stone House demonstrated a reverence for the past, and dedication to learning from history. The jazz performance the group watched was on the Millennium Stage, which has performances each evening at no cost. The Millennium Stage was created to make the performing arts accessible to everyone in fulfillment of the Kennedy Center’s mission to its community and the nation. It was amazing to see how the performance brought together individuals of all ages, races, and walks of life to share in the community of music. The group reflected that the sentiments of innovation on ideas from the past and accessibility are critical to healthcare as well. These experiences reaffirmed the group’s passion for the focus of the immersion, veteran healthcare and health policy.