From the Mayor’s Office:

“On the one-year anniversary of the death of former DC Mayor Marion S. Barry, Jr., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced recommendations from the D.C. Commission to Commemorate and Recognize the Honorable Marion S. Barry, Jr.  The Commission was tasked with identifying ways to honor the late Mayor of the District – often referred to as ‘Mayor for Life.”

The recommendations include: commissioning a bust or statue in front of the John A. Wilson Building, renaming Good Hope Road, renaming Frank W. Ballou Senior High School in Ward 8 where Barry served as the Councilmember until his passing, and naming the new student center at the University of the District of Columbia.  The final recommendations, culled from a list of 30, were developed based on public input solicited during this summer’s public engagement forums. (more…)

2200 block of P Street, NW

Well before the Holodomor Memorial was Taras Shevchenko:

“a Ukrainian poet, writer, artist, public and political figure, as well as folklorist and ethnographer. His literary heritage is regarded to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and, to a large extent, the modern Ukrainian language. Shevchenko is also known for many masterpieces as a painter and an illustrator.”


Dedication description and quote after the jump. (more…)

North Capitol and Mass Ave, NW

About Holodomor from Wikipedia:

“The Holodomor, “Extermination by hunger” or “Hunger-extermination”; derived from “to kill by starvation” was a famine in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1932 and 1933 that killed about 4 million Ukrainians. During the famine, which is also known as the “Terror-Famine in Ukraine” and “Famine-Genocide in Ukraine”, millions of citizens of the Ukrainian SSR, the majority of whom were Ukrainians, died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine. Since 2006, the Holodomor has been recognized by the independent Ukraine and several other countries as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.”



Many more closeups after the jump. (more…)

Photo via @IAFF36


“The funeral procession route for fallen DCFEMS Lt. Kevin McRae to be held on Friday, May 15, 2015. Following the service there will be a funeral procession through the District of Columbia that will result in rolling street closures between 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. A map is available here.

The funeral procession will travel the following route and make four stops at the below locations:

· Marine Unit Fireboat Display – from East Capitol Street, SE to the Anacostia Fwy

· Location of Incident – from Anacostia Fwy to 7th Street, SW to 1330 7th Street, NW

· Bell Ringing Ceremony at Engine 6 – from 7th Street, SE to 1300 New Jersey Ave, NW

· Ladder Arch – from New Jersey Ave, NW to Rhode Island Ave, NW to Eastern Ave, NE

There is expected to be heavy traffic around 2:00pm with the normal traffic pattern returning by 4:00pm. Motorists are advised that the above streets may experience heavy traffic. Only vehicles participating in the ceremony will be allowed to travel on the route while the procession passes.”

photo via IAFF36

From IAFF36:

“May 6th, 2015 – Local 36 regrets to inform the membership of the line-of-duty death of Lt. Kevin McCrae, 6 Engine No.4 Platoon, while operating at a 2nd Alarm apartment fire at 1330 7th St. NW this morning. Our heartfelt sympathies go to Kevin’s wife, and daughter, and to his fellow members of 6 Engine & Truck 4. We are greatly diminished with Kevin’s passing.”

Update from IAFF36:

“On Wednesday May 6th, 2015 the District of Columbia Fire & EMS Department lost one of it’s best and bravest members – Lt. Kevin McRae on the fire ground at 1330 L St. NW.

Lt. McRae was a 24 year veteran of the department assigned to 6 Engine, No. 4 platoon. He leaves behind his wife Trell, and 5 children. There has been an overwhelming show of support for the family of Lt. McRae. We are asking that anyone who would like to help the family, make donations through the DC Fire & EMS Foundation in the name of Kevin. All donations go straight to the family, to assist with the expenses which occur as they go through this difficult period.

Any check or money orders should be made out to and mailed to the following:

DC Fire & EMS Foundation
Kevin McRae Survivor Fund
439 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001


Interesting to note from Wikipedia:

“Originally located at the foot of New Hampshire Avenue, NW in Rock Creek Park along the Potomac River, the monument was removed in 1966 to accommodate the Kennedy Center. The memorial was re-erected without ceremony in 1968 at its current location in Washington Channel Park at Fourth and P Streets, SW”

The anniversary was last Wednesday: