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Courtesy DC Council

From a press release:

“The final chapter in the long saga of the Wilson Building’s World War II Memorial has been reached: the fully restored Memorial has been reinstalled on the building’s ground floor.

After spending two decades broken and forgotten in a closet, then another five years languishing in a mystery status with no known identity, the Memorial’s original purpose was rediscovered in early 2016.

The memorial, measuring nearly 12 feet by 6 feet, honors the nearly 2,000 DC government employees who served during World War II. Their war service is especially poignant given that they could not vote neither for their Commander-in-Chief, nor for a representative or Senator in the Congress that declared and funded the War.

To visit the Memorial, enter the Wilson Building through the 13 ½ Street entrance, then take an immediate left.

This article describes the detective work it took to rediscover the Memorial’s history, and includes links to the original historical documents on which that work relied. The memorial’s historic timeline is included below. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user LaTur

From an email:

“The Space Foundation today commented on the death of Col. John H. Glenn, Jr., USMC (Ret.), 95, the last of the Mercury Seven astronauts, military test pilots selected by NASA in 1959 to become America’s first astronauts.

“U.S. success in space was built on the courage and determination of men like John Glenn, who dedicated his life to serving his country and proving what humans could accomplish in space,” said Kevin Cook, Space Foundation – Marketing & Communications.

In 1962, Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, and the fifth human in space. He was also the oldest person to go into space when, in 1998 at the age of 77, he returned to space as a Payload Specialist on Discovery’s STS-95 mission.

An Ohio native, Glenn was a U.S. Marine Corps aviator, engineer and United States Senator. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990.”

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via WETA

From WETA:

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we must share that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away this afternoon following several months of cancer treatment. She was surrounded by loving family and many friends whom we ask that you keep in your thoughts and prayers. Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President & CEO of WETA, sent the following email to staff earlier today: “Gwen was an extraordinary and special person — one of the nation’s leading lights in journalism, a gracious and inspiring colleague, and a warm and steadfast friend. As she bravely battled cancer, Gwen was lifted by the well wishes, flowers and emails from so many who love and respect her. My heart truly goes out to her and her wonderful family. Earlier today, I conveyed to Gwen the devoted love and affection of all of us at WETA/NewsHour. Let us hold Gwen and her family even closer now in our hearts and prayers. I have loved knowing and working with Gwen and will always cherish her memory.”

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“I see a sad procession,
And I hear the sound of coming full-key’d bugles;
All the channels of the city streets they’re flooding,
As with voices and with tears.”

-Walt Whitman:  Citizen of the District of Columbia

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From WMATA:

“Metro is showcasing photographs captured by Kevin Sutherland, the American University graduate student who was tragically killed aboard a Metrorail train on July 4, 2015, at the NoMa-Gallaudet Station starting today.

Sutherland was a talented photographer who enjoyed taking pictures of Washington, D.C. landmarks. He was traveling with his camera to the National Mall to capture Fourth of July fireworks when he became the victim of a horrific crime.

Working through Metro’s Art in Transit program, Sutherland’s family asked to display some of Kevin’s art, and Metro was pleased to provide the venue.”

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From an email:

Because all gave some, and some gave all. Celebrate the special connection that General Logan has to Memorial Day in Logan Circle – Monday, May 30, 1:00pm

Memorial Day is a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those who are at rest. It’s a day to be with the family and remember. We encourage our friends and neighbors to bring a blanket and picnic lunch for you and your family, including those with four legs, to this year’s annual Logan Circle Memorial Day Observance. Monday’s program, starting at 1:00pm, includes a wreath-laying ceremony with the Honorable Eric Fanning – Logan Circle neighbor and newly appointed Secretary of the Army, and live musical performances by the Washington Capitals’ Bob McDonald and the Brassivity Brass Quintet. Be a part of this special neighborhood celebration!”

Full Memorial Day Program (PDF)

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From an email:

“Commemorate Memorial Day with guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery, more commonly known as the Soldiers’ Home National Cemetery. Located in Petworth and visited by President Abraham Lincoln, the Soldiers’ Home National Cemetery is the first national cemetery (est. 1861) and also serves as the final resting place for John Logan, who formalized Memorial Day celebrations in 1868 and the namesake of Logan Circle.

President Lincoln’s Cottage will partner with the Armed Forces Retirement Home and Arlington National Cemetery for tours and a wreath laying ceremony at Logan’s mausoleum, which will highlight the history of the Soldiers’ Home Cemetery, notable people buried there, and the history of Memorial Day.

REGISTRATION (FREE)

WHEN: MONDAY, MAY 30

WREATH LAYING CEREMONY AT CEMETERY
10:00 AM

CEMETERY TOURS
10:45 AM and 12:30 PM

Attendees are asked to gather at the bandstand adjacent to President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home 30 minutes prior to each ceremony/tour to be escorted to the Soldiers’ Home Cemetery.”