NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMANDERY
Naval Order of the United States
NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMANDERY PROJECTS
Yearly Events and Special Projects: 2019
Note: All companions and their guests are welcome at these events. Our monthly meetings are usually held at SBG Technology Solutions, 1727 King Street, Suite 600, Alexandria, VA. For additional information follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NOUSNationalCapitolCommandery/
January - Annual All Hands Meeting: Commandery sets its priorities regarding the events and projects it will support during the upcoming calendar year.
February - The annual wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the death of Midshipman Sunderland Dale, USN on the island of Bermuda. This event takes place at St. Peter’s Church Yard, St Georges, Bermuda. Dale was the last US Navy officer to die during the War of 1812. We are also investigating the possibility of placing a historic marker on the island to commemorate the presence of the US Coast Guard, once stationed there.
April through June - Annual support to History Day Competitions in Virginia and Washington, DC: Each spring the Commandery sends representatives to judge the best maritime/naval history projects by middle and high school students. The Commandery presents a certificate and a monetary award.
April - Commodore Dewey Commemoration: The National Capital Commandery joins the New York and Philadelphia commanderies on the US Display Ship, Olympia in Philadelphia.
May - A tour of the NS Savannah in Baltimore Harbor.
May - Captain James Brooke Naval History Award: Each year, the Commandery, representing the Naval Order at large, presents awards to those midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, who were judged by the Academy’s History Department, for the best naval history papers.
June - Annual Battle of Midway Commemorative Dinner: The Commandery is represented on a committee comprised of other maritime/naval non-profit organizations that organize an annual dinner to commemorate the Battle of Midway at the Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA. Numerous commandery companions attend.
August - US Coast Guard Birthday: The Commandery commemorates the Coast Guard Birthday with an annual cake-cutting. We invite a guest speaker to talk about a significant aspect of the history of the US Coast Guard.
September - Annual Business Meeting and Captain Kent Siegel Naval History Seminar: Per the Naval Order By-Laws, the Commandery holds an annual business meeting. In addition, the Commandery organizes a history panel to present papers on a maritime/history theme. During the years in which the biannual McMullen Naval History Symposium occurs at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, the Commandery sponsors a panel of three speakers. Then we invite those speakers to present their papers at the Kent Siegel Seminar. The meeting and seminar are followed by a luncheon.
October - The Naval Order of the US holds its Annual Congress. This a four-day event of business meetings, presentations of local history relevant to the maritime services, awards dinners and luncheons, the installation of national officers, and fellowship among companions. Tours of local attractions are always a special part of the agenda. Recent Congresses have been held in Boston, Galveston, Baltimore, Charleston, Newport, Philadelphia, Hawaii, and New Orleans.
December - On the morning of 7 December our commandery lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate those who perished in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. In the evening, we hold our annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration Dinner to honor those who died and those who fought and served as the US entered World War II.
PAST PROJECTS OF INTEREST
June 2018 - The National Capital Commandery installed a historic marker in Wexford, Ireland to recognize the US Naval Air Station established there a century previously during World War I. The official party included the Mayor of Wexford, the US Army Attache from the U.S. Embassy in Ireland, the Irish Minister of Defense, the president of the Wexford Historical Society, and Admiral Sam Cox of the Navy History and Heritage Command. The event coincided with Wexford’s annual wreath-laying at the statue of Commodore John Barry, son of Wexford, who founded the U.S. Navy.
June 2017 - LCDR Jay Gaul led a project to donate to the Army Navy Club in Washington, DC, an oil portrait of Admiral Lucius Johnson, who introduced the Daiquiri to the club early in the 20th Century. LCDR Gaul’s father, J. Hunter Gaul, painted the portrait that now hangs in the Daiquiri Bar on the clubs’ second floor.
May 2017 - Historic Marker at Cobh, Republic of Ireland to commemorate the presence of the United States Navy during the Great War of 1914-1917. The Commandery worked with the Naval War College to design the marker. The Cobh City Council, The Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the American Legion in Europe participated. USNavEur sent a representative to the dedication ceremony. Read the story at this link: https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/cobh-commemorates-centenary-of-american-naval-forces-arrival-during-wwi-449348.html
October 2016 - The Commandery, working with the Washington DC Council, the Society for Navy Medicine, and the Navy Bureau of Medicine, designed and dedicated a historic marker at the former US Navy Hospital in Washington DC. The building was the first naval hospital in Washington DC.
May 2016 -The Commandery, working with the Friends of the Royal Navy Hospital Isla del Rei, Port Mahon, Menorca, Spain, designed and dedicated a historic marker at the former Royal Navy Hospital to commemorate the presence of the US Navy at Menorca between 1815 and 1845.