Washington, DC

Photo by Tim Brown

Ed. Note: Info on the recent Smithsonian Museum re-openings here.

From the National Park Service:

“The Washington Monument will reopen to the public on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. after a six-month closure. The monument will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a new set of safety and cleaning procedures to keep staff and visitors safe from the spread of infectious diseases. Tickets will be available online starting Sept. 30.

In order to promote physical distancing and reduce queuing for tickets, tickets for the Washington Monument will be available online only from recreation.gov; there will be no tickets distributed on site. Tickets become available daily at 10 a.m. for the next day’s visits Read More


Photos by Phil Yabut

Thanks to Phil for sending. From the Supreme Court:

“Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday, September 23, and Thursday, September 24. The casket will arrive in front of the Court just before 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. A private ceremony will take place in the Great Hall at 9:30 a.m. attended by Justice Ginsburg’s family, close friends, and members of the Court. Following the private ceremony inside, Justice Ginsburg will lie in repose under the Portico at the top of the front steps of the Building to allow for public viewing outdoors.

Former law clerks to Justice Ginsburg will serve as honorary pallbearers and will line the front steps as the casket arrives. Supreme Court police officers will serve as pallbearers. The Justices will remain inside the Great Hall where the casket will be placed on the Lincoln Catafalque, which has been loaned to the Court by the U.S. Congress for the ceremony. A 2016 portrait of Justice Ginsburg by Constance P. Beaty will be on display in the Great Hall.

The public is invited to pay respects in front of the Building from approximately 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, and from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Thursday, September 24.

A private interment service will be held next week at Arlington National Cemetery.”

And preserving for posterity some of the many, many tributes to RBG prior to removal: Read More


Photo by dcitty

Emily writes: “saw a bunch of flags by the monument today on my run, can’t find anything about it. Guessing Covid related, any idea?”

dcitty writes (along with the stunning photo above): “Flags in at the base of the Washington Monument in #DC to represent all the lives lost due to #Covid_19”

From a press release:

“On Monday, September 21st & Tuesday, September 22nd, the COVID Memorial Project will install 20,000 American flags on the National Mall as the United States crosses the devastating threshold of 200,000 lives lost in the COVID-19 pandemic and host a memorial service honoring those dead.

The flags will be displayed on the grounds of the Washington Monument facing the White House and will recognize two hard facts: Read More


Thanks to Kristin for sending Saturday morning: “Flowers have been put down and candles have been lit in her honor on 15th and U”

Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the following statement on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“We have lost a champion of justice, an icon and patriot, a woman who lived the concept of building a more perfect union. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for us until the very end, and it is that fighting spirit – that we were fortunate as a nation to benefit from time and time again – that made us love, respect, and admire her. Tonight, we are heartbroken. We are grateful for one life lived so fiercely that it forever changed the lives of millions. We send our condolences to Justice Ginsburg’s family and loved ones and to a nation already in mourning, trying once again to fathom a monumental and devastating loss.”

Photo by Miki Jourdan

“Dear RBG, thank you for helping me find my voice”

Photo by Martha Wilson


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 AT 8:15 PM EDT – 10:15 PM EDT

Honor RBG
Supreme Court of the United States

Click here for details and to RSVP.

Meet us on the steps in front of the Supreme Court for a (socially distanced) vigil as we mourn and honor her legacy. Bring a friend and a mask.

RBG was a fierce champion of justice and equality on the Supreme Court. We owe her an enormous debt of gratitude, and we must fight hard to uphold the ideals of equality and justice she dedicated her life to.”

Photos from last night: Read More


540 Independence Avenue SW via Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

Ed. Note: follow @PoPville on twitter if interested in getting the real time reports about unanticipated jet flyovers.

The Eisenhower Memorial website notes:

Public Opening
Hosted by the National Park Service

1:00 PM
540 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial opens to the public at
1:00 PM on Friday, September 18, 2020

You can take an audio tour here.

Full press release about the dedication: Read More


Photo by Dr J

Got tons of queries, understandably, about this last night starting around 9pm:

“anyone else send you pics of this huge beam of light that appears to be coming from the Pentagon?”

“Spotlight pointed straight into the sky near Pentagon City Metro with a chopper in the distance. Anyone know what’s going on?”

Fox5 reported that it was a practice for:

“This Wednesday, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation will illuminate its ‘Towers of Light’ tribute next to the Pentagon in honor of the lives lost in Flight 77 there on September 11, 2001.”

More photos: Read More


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