Staying in town? We’ve got options for Saturday, Sunday and Monday — most of them in the hood. And, please, remember why you have the day off from work on Monday: it’s Memorial Day and it’s dedicated to those men and women who died fighting for our country.
Wikipedia has a nice summary: “Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates men and women who died while in military service to the United States.First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following theAmerican Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.”
A Saturday Parade in Logan Circle
The annual parade of the United House of Prayer For All People takes place Saturday. This is a decades-old tradition and members of church congregations from up and down the east coast march in the parade, dressed in white. The group assembles and 6th and M Streets NW and marches through Shaw and Logan Circle. Expect the parade to make its way around Logan Circle sometime around noon–including marching bands. The founder of the denomination lived at 11 Logan Circle NW and the church still owns the house; Cultural Tourism DC has a good write up about Grace and the history of the house. We’ve got Luis’ pics from last year.
Roll with Bikers on Sunday
While the annual Rolling Thunder event is not in the Borderstan area, you can expect to see a lot of hogs (as in Harleys) around the area this weekend. The group comes to D.C. each Memorial Day weekend and holds its annual parade on Sunday. Parade of bikes kicks off from Arlington National Cemetery at noon and rolls down Constitution Avenue. It is “dedicated to the search of American soldiers who are prisoners of war ‘POW’/missing in action ‘MIA’ ” and contains many veterans of the Vietnam War. Check out Luis’ photo album from Rolling Thunder 2010.
Eat Chili with Borderstan at Saint-Ex on Monday
Borderstan.com and Luis Gomez Photos are proud to be among the sponsors of this year’s Memorial Day Chili Cook Off at Cafe Saint-Ex. The takes place on Monday from 11 am to 5 pm on the 1300 block of T Street NW and benefits Garrison Elementary School on S Street NW. There will be burgers, too, as well as events for kids — we’ve got all the details here. Look for our us there and meet some of the Borderstan team.
Honoring General Logan on Monday
The annual celebration of Memorial Day in Logan Circle is sponsored by the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA), the Illinois State Society and the National Park Service. This year’s events include a concert, a wreath-laying ceremony (with local dignitaries, naturally), and refreshments at a reception hosted at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, 1318 Vermont Avenue NW. Time is 11 am to noon.
The statue of the general on horseback in the middle of Logan Circle honors the man credited with creating Memorial Day, which originally honored the Civil War dead. Logan Circle is name for Civil War General John Alexander Logan, an Illinoisan. He was later a U.S. representative and senator (Republican) from The Prairie State and the 1884 candidate for vice president on the GOP ticket.