HONOLULU, Hawaii - The trip of a lifetime for the Thomson High School Bulldog Brigade has quickly come and gone. For several years, the band has been preparing for its journey to the State of Hawaii, the Island of Oahu, and to Honolulu and Waikiki.
From Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, the members of the Bulldog Brigade experienced customs and cultures that many have only seen on television and in magazines.
Their weeklong stay in paradise began with trips to Waikiki Beach and the International Market Place. Some of the members and their families took this time to either snorkel, swim with the dolphins or travel 125 feet under the Pacific Ocean in a submarine.
On Dec. 29, the entire group spent all day at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
The highlight of the trip was the tour of Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri Battleship. Four THS students laid a wreath in honor of the fallen soldiers in the USS Arizona Memorial. A couple of hours later, the band performed patriotic songs at the USS Missouri Battleship, and Band Director Jessie Morlan and two students were presented American flags for McDuffie County's Pearl Harbor survivors, Roger Reid and Nancy Freeman.
See complete coverage of the trip in next week's edition of The McDuffie Mirror.