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From DCFEMS:

“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.”

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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

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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:

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Interesting timing. Holodomor:

“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.”

More from Wikipedia here.

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The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is located at 150 Washington Ave., SW. Their website says:

“Throughout our nation’s history, service men and women have gone bravely into battle, risking their lives and livelihoods, sacrificing their safety to defend America. When their duty is done, many return home to life as it was. Sadly, for over 4 million veterans seriously injured in the line of duty, leaving the battlefield does not mark the end of conflict. These permanently disabled heroes often carry home life-altering disabilities – stern reminders of the price of freedom.

America’s disabled veterans have honored us with their service and selfless duty. It is now our turn to honor them.

For the first time, America will pay tribute to some of our most courageous heroes – our disabled veterans. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will celebrate those men and women who may be broken in body – but never in spirit.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I work in concrete bowels of L’Enfant Plaza, and have been puzzled by a strange plaque at the street crossing at L’Enfant Promenade and Independence Ave, right behind the Smithsonian Castle. There is a smallish metallic disc, screwed on to a hunk of wood strapped onto a lamp post that reads:

For Susan Anne Carter
(3/28/48-12/15/93)
And others who die needlessly
Let us be mindful and caring

Then there is a strange ship’s wheel like symbol below. Seems like a rather inauspicious presentation for such intense sentiment. Can anyone shed light on this? Something tells me car crash victim, but who knows. I have googled but had no luck.”

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