The annual Citizens Academy trip to FBI Headquarters and FBI Academy took place on September 26 – 27, 2018. Graduates also visited the Pentagon and the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial. This year’s trip was held jointly with fellow graduates from FBI Chicago’s Citizens Academy. A total of 36 people attended. The tours were free, but travel, meals, and lodging were at each attendee’s own expense. The overall mood was excitement, amazement, and awe as all were simply honored that the FBI would invest so much time into us and the tour. There was plenty of conversation and laughter and times of solemn introspect during various parts of the tours when there were stories of lives lost in the line of duty. The “FBI Experience” exhibit at Headquarters was a highlight as many expressed what they observed.