NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMANDERY PROJECTS
January - Annual All Hands Meeting: Commandery sets its priorities regarding the events and projects it will support during the upcoming calendar year.
February - Companions participate in the annual wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the death of Midshipman Sunderland Dale, USN on the island of Bermuda during the War of 1812.
April through June - Support to History Day Competitions: During the 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. The Commandery supports the Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Louisiana, and Washington State History Days. In June the Commandery supports the National History Day at the University of Maryland.
May - National Maritime Day: Companions participate in formal ceremonies hosted by the Department of Transportation to honor the Nation’s Merchant Mariners.
May - Captain James Brooke Naval History Award: Each year, the Commandery, representing the Naval Order, 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 Midway Dinner: The Commandery is part of a committee comprised of other maritime/naval non-profit organizations that organize an annual dinner to commemorate the Battle of Midway. Numerous Commandery companions attend.
August - US Coast Guard Birthday: The Commandery commemorates the Coast Guard Birthday with an annual luncheon.
September - United States Naval Academy’s McMullen Naval History Symposium: On a bi-annual basis, the Academy’s history department holds the McMullen Naval History Symposium. This world-class event attracts historians from all over the globe. The Commandery, working with the Naval Order’s Historian General, provides support to the department in the selection of a panel of three scholars and presents a monetary award to each panelist.
September - Commandery’s Annual Meeting and Captain Kent Siegel Naval History Symposium: Per the Naval Order By-Laws, the Commandery holds an annual meeting. In addition to the meeting, the Commandery organises a history panel to present papers on a maritime/history theme. During the year in which the McMullen Naval History Symposium occurs, the Commandery invites the Naval Order sponsored panelists to present their papers. The meeting and seminar are followed by a luncheon.
October - Trafalgar Dinner: The Commandery supports the British Officer’s Club of Washington, DC with its annual Trafalgar Dinner. Companions attend this yearly event.
December - Pearl Harbor Events: Each year, the Commandery, representing the Naval Order, conducts a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. That evening the Commandery holds its annual Pearl Harbor Dinner.
June 2017 - Companions attended the British Officers Club of DC’s annual Queen’s Birthday Party in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
June 2017 - Commandery members organized a Daiquiri Night at the Army-Navy Officer's Club in Washington, DC, at which an original oil painting of Navy DoctorLucius Johnson was unveiled and donated to the club. Admiral Johnson introduced the Daiquiri at the club in the early 1900s.
May 2017 - Companions took a tour of the NS Savannah, in Baltimore harbor, to commemorate National Maritime Day.
February 2017 - Companions participated in the annual wreath laying ceremony and commemorative dinner for Midshipman Richard Sunderland Dale, USN at St. Peter’s Church Yard, St Georges, Bermuda. Dale was the last US Navy officer to die during the War of 1812.
> Historic Markers at Cobh, Republic of Ireland to commemorate the presence of the United States Navy during the Great War of 1914-1917. The Commandery is working with the Naval War College. This is a follow-on to the installation of a historic marker at the former Royal Navy Admiralty House at Cobh (Queenstown), Republic of Ireland. (See recent past projects)
> Historic Marker at St Georges, Bermuda to commemorate the presence of the US Coast Guard during the Cold War years.
Recent Past Projects
> 1 May 2017: The Commandery designed and dedicated a historic marker to commemorate the arrival of the United States Navy at Queenstown (Cobh) Ireland on 4 May 2017. The Commandery coordinated with the Cork County Council as well as the Cobh City Council and the American Legion. USNavEur sent a representative.
> 1 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.
> 23 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.
> 22 February 2015: The Commandery, working with the Friends of St Peter’s Church, St Georges, Bermuda, replaced the tombstone of Midshipman Richard Sunderland Dale, USN, the last US Navy officer to die during the War of 1812.