WASHINGTON D.C.-The Duke University men's lacrosse team spent yesterday touring Washington D.C., highlighted by a visit to the White House where the team was honored by President Barack Obama for winning the 2010 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship. The Blue Devils captured their first lacrosse national title with a 6-5 overtime victory over Notre Dame on May 31, 2010.
After landing at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport early in the morning the current Blue Devil player reunited with the recent graduates in the terminals. After spending some time to catch up, the team hopped on a bus and headed over to Arlington National Cemetery to see the gravesite of former men's lacrosse player, Army Sgt. James John Regan, who was killed on Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, in northern Iraq of wounds suffered when his vehicle was struck by an explosive.
The Blue Devil players paid their respects to honor those who have served their country and then a few players went to visit the sites of their grandfathers who also were buried at Arlington. While at Arlington National Cemetery, the team also visited the gravesite of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame.
The team next visited the American Indian Museum where it learned some about the history of lacrosse and the American Indians. After walking around the museum looking at various exhibits, they headed to Old Ebbitt Grill just across from the White House for lunch.
Following a relaxing break in lunch, Duke walked down towards the White House for a few pictures before heading onto the South Lawn for the reception with President Obama. The team took a few pictures and the players were able to shake the President's hand prior to him addressing him for a few minutes.
After a long and exciting day of events, the team got back on the plane and returned to Durham.
The White House reception can be viewed here.