•Today we first visited the "Chattanooga National Cemetery" where we greeted by the Program Support Assistant and he taught us about the Gettysburg Address. We then began our tour. •In our tour we learned about many things, including the "Ohio's Tribute to the Andrews Raiders" •We saw graves with coins on them, these coins symbolize the coins' placers relation to the one at rest. •After the tour concluded we started doing garden work. When we finished our work we went to the Zoo's park and had lunch with some free time. •Our next stop is the Salvation Army. There we tagged and folded roughly 9,000 of bags for donation. •That concludes our Wednesday field trips in camp Tikkun Olam! -Notes by Jonah Hodes-
Chattanooga National Cemetery Interview: These following questions were asked by Hannah Lowe and Jessica Kodsi, the Tikkun Olam camp designated interviewers, and answered by Bill, the office manager of this cemetery.
Q: How long has the Chattanooga National Cemetery been established? A: The cemetery was established November 19, 1863 during the Civil War.
Q: How was this cemetery established? A: This land originally used to be an orchard which belonged to several families. The military took the land from these families when they refused to sell it to the army.
Q: Is the location of the cemetery significant? A: The military conquered this land because of the hill at the center of the cemetery which overlooks Look Out Mountain and Chattanooga.
Q: How many soldiers are buried here? A: There are about 52,000 soldiers buried here and about 5 per day.
Q: What is the expansion plan for this cemetery? A: There is no expansion plan yet. We've talked about it, but, until the cemetery starts to fill up, we will not deal with expansion.
The Chattanooga National Cemetery has many Union soldiers from the Civil War, and has about 4,700 unrecognized soldiers within its grounds.
Salvation Army Interview: These following questions were asked by Hannah Lowe and Jessica Kodsi, the Tikkun Olam camp designated interviewers, and answered by Alissa, who is in charge of volunteer services and special events.
Q: How long has Salvation Army been around? A: Salvation Army has been around for 124 years, but in March 2018 it will be 125 years old. There will be a celebration concert for the 125th birthday.
Q: Where and when was Salvation Army established? A: It all started in London, England in 1865. Salvation Army is in 171 countries.