Navy Captain Frank Mays, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Commander, along with Joseph Cirone, Public Affairs Officer, gave a presentation on the programs JBAB is creating to engage with the community, including music mentoring for DC Public Schools students, military cadet programs, and outreach to seniors. If you would like to invite JBAB to be represented at your community event, please contact Joseph Cirone at firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 404-7206 (office).
Julie A. Kutruff, National Park Service (NPS), Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and Fort Circle Parks East, spoke about NPS's preparations for the Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration scheduled for February 14, 2015. You can help to
W. Russell "Russ" Ramsey, Chairman & CEO, Washington 2024, and Denise Rolark Barnes, Washington Informer Newspaper, gave an exciting presentation on Washington, DC Region's bid for the 2024 Olympics. The Council viewed a heartfelt and sincere video providing something of the non-federal, hometown flavor that makes the bid for our beloved city and region especially attractive. For more information, visit dc2024.org.
Kathleen Stines, Child and Family Services Agency, Adoption Recruiter Specialist, invites you to consider becoming a nurturing parent for great kids in need of foster care and adoption. There is a critical need for placing sibling groups, teens, children with medical issues and emergency placements. Offering your home to kids that need a safe nurturing environment in which to grow and succeed is not for everyone, but it might just be for you! Please call (202) 671-LOVE (202-671-5683) and visit www.cfsa.dc.gov
The Washington Ballet is offering specially priced tickets for residents of Ward 7 & Ward 8 for Septime Webre's The Nutcracker at THEARC Theater on Saturday, November 29 at 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm, and Sunday November 30 at 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Inquire at washingtonballet.org or (202) 889-8150.
Also, the Washington Ballet is doing a call-out for auditions for dancers from December 1 - 6, 2014 at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave SE.
The Metropolitan Police Department Seventh District (MPD 7D) presents its 45th Annual Holiday Party for Youth on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Panorama Room, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1600 Morris Rd, SE. For more information, please contact Lendia Johnson, MPD 7D Community Outreach Coordinator at (202) 698-1454.
The 9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk and Parade, commemorating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, takes place on Monday, January 19, 2015. The Peace Walk assembles at 10:00 am and begins at 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, starting from 2500 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE (next to The United Black Fund). The Parade is from noon until 2:00 pm starting from St. Elizabeth's East, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, with the destination of Leckie Elementary School at 4201 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE. For more details, visit: mlkholidaydc.org.
Be on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, tour and swim at the Barry Farm Aquatic Center on December 6, 2014 starting at 10:00 am. For more information, contact Darnetta Tyus, email@example.com and visit: http://dpr.dc.gov/event/mayoral-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-barry-farm-aquatic-center-barry-farm-aquatic-center
On January 11, 2015, Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus will be on hand to discuss her bus tour around the country to fight for social justice. For more information, visit:
In honor of Veterans Day and in memory of our fallen soldiers, particularly those of the Civil War era, the Anacostia Coordinating Council was honored and proud to be a participating member that helped organize the Veterans Remembrance Ceremony at Saint Elizabeths Hospital East Campus, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.
A sunny and pleasant day set the stage for an event featuring members of the military, community organizations, residents, students, even Civil War reenactors, honoring our Nation's soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Schafler was master of ceremonies at the grounds of the historic Saint Elizabeths Hospital East Campus Cemetery, resting place of over 3,000 burial plots of Civil War Veterans, both Union and Confederate. The event sponsor and creator, the Congress Heights Cemetery Committee (CHCC), is an organization composed of local and regional stakeholders working to "gently restore [Ward 8] cemeteries to a place of honor and dignity" for those buried there.
The program included the posting of the Nation's Colors by the Coast Guard Honor Guard and the Anacostia High School Junior ROTC Program, the singing of the National Anthem by the combined Coast Guard Headquarters and Saint Elizabeths Hospital choruses and invocation by Rabbi Elhanan Schnitzer of the Bethesda Jewish Congregation.
Remarks were delivered by Dr. Patrick Canavan, CEO of Saint Elizabeths Hospital, who reminded those in attendance that Union and Confederate soldiers are laid to rest here, as well as civilian patients, and spoke of the historical significance the Hospital has played in the nation's history. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo spoke of the sacrifice made by soldiers in service and support of our freedoms. ACC Chairperson Arrington Dixon appealed to the youth in the audience to take note of the proud legacy of African-Americans in our nation's millitary and to consider military service. Harley Felstein, a founding member of CHCC, invited the audience to consider the important role of cemeteries as places of respect, contemplation and connection to our past, present and future.
A stirring keynote address was delivered by Dr. Frank Smith, Director of the African American Civil War Museum, who embodied the connection of the present to the past dressed in the garb of a Civil War officer. In his speech, he challenged the audience not only to admire from afar the heroic feats of courage of escaped, freed slaves, and free men, but also to follow the example of people like First Lady Michelle Obama who were encouraged to trace their ancestry and genealogy to brave souls of the past. He also thanked ACC Executive Director Philip Pannell for bringing him into the planning of and participation in this event.
The event closed with a moment of silence and the playing of Taps. Then the audience was invited to place flags at the headstones of Cemetery's burial resting places.
If you would like to be a part of the Congress Heights Cemetery Committee or help in the work of preserving burial grounds such as these, you may contact Mr. Harley Felstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.