Because there is more to Memorial Day than the pool opening…
That’s right, it’s time to remember why you have Monday off from work. Luckily, the nation’s capital is surrounded with reminders of the national holiday of remembrance, and Borderstan is bringing you the events in the neighborhood!
Saturday: United House of Prayer Annual Parade
The annual UHOP parade, from the United House of Prayer for All People, will take place this Saturday, starting at 10 am. The parade will kick off around 6th and M Street NW and will make its way through Shaw and Logan Circle. In the past it’s taken about 75 minutes for the bands and congregants to march their way through the neighborhood. Come out and cheer on fellow neighbors with your Memorial Day pride! See Photos: Saturday’s United House of Prayer Annual Parade from the 2011 parade. The parade is usually at Logan Circle by 11:30 am or so.
Sunday: Weather Forecast Says Sunny Skies, But There Will Be Rolling Thunder
Okay, so it’s not technically in Borderstan – but chances are, you will see its participants and enthusiasts buzzing throughout the neighborhood. This year’s annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride will take place on Sunday at 7 am. Cyclists will start their bikes at Arlington Cemetery and will continue down Constitution Avenue. For those looking to start the ride off early, Gary Sinise (yes, as in “CSI New York”) and the Lt. Dan Band is scheduled to play on Saturday at noon on the Rolling Thunder Stage at Henry Bacon Drive and Constitution Avenue NW. See Sunday Photos: Rolling Thunder 2010 Parade.
Monday: Memorial Day in Logan Circle
Join neighbors for a yearly ceremony in Logan Circle Park from 11am to noon to commemorate service men and veterans. After all, General John A. Logan, for whom Logan Circle is named, founded Memorial Day. And as the Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, General Logan instituted the practice of laying flowers on the graves of Civil War veterans.
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As a native Illinoisan, I like this. The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA), Illinois State Society and the National Park Service are holding the annual Memorial Day Commemoration starting at 12:30 p.m.
In case you didn’t know, 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.