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Yearly Events and Special Projects: 2018

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 20 - Annual All Hands Meeting: Commandery sets its priorities regarding the events and projects it will support during the upcoming calendar year.

February 24 - 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 that was once stationed there.

 The T.S. Admiral Somers Sea Cadets of Bermuda lead the procession from the town square to St. Peter's Church in St. George's Parish, Bermuda, where the wreath-laying ceremony takes place. They carry the flag of Bermuda and the flag of the U.S. with 13 stars.

The T.S. Admiral Somers Sea Cadets of Bermuda lead the procession from the town square to St. Peter's Church in St. George's Parish, Bermuda, where the wreath-laying ceremony takes place. They carry the flag of Bermuda and the flag of the U.S. with 13 stars.

 The grave of Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale in the churchyard of St. Peter's Church, St. George's, Bermuda.

The grave of Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale in the churchyard of St. Peter's Church, St. George's, Bermuda.

April through June - Annual support to History Day Competitions: 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. 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.

April 28 - Commodore Dewey Commemoration: The National Capital Commandery will join the New York and Philadelphia commanderies on the US Display Ship, Olympia in Philadelphia.

 Naval Order Companions with wreath aboard the USS  Olympia.

Naval Order Companions with wreath aboard the USS Olympia.

May 19 - A tour of the NS Savannah in Baltimore Harbor.

 The historic NS  Savannah  is now a display/museum ship in Baltimore Harber

The historic NS Savannah is now a display/museum ship in Baltimore Harber

May 22 - 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 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 4 - Annual Battle of Midway Commemorative 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 at the Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA. Numerous commandery companions attend.

June 24 - The National Capital Commandery designed, commissioned, and dedicated an historic marker to US Naval Air Station Wexford (1918-1919) at Wexford Ireland, coinciding with the annual Wexford Maritime Festival.

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The official party at the unveiling of the historic marker to the US Naval Air Station, Wexford, Ireland.

August 4 - US Coast Guard Birthday: The Commandery commemorates the Coast Guard Birthday with an annual cake-cutting. This year's event will be held at the Holiday Inn in Roslyn, VA

September 15 - Annual Business Meeting and Captain Kent Siegel Naval History Symposium: 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 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. This year's meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, Roslyn, VA.

October 21 - Trafalgar Dinner: The Commandery supports the British Officer’s Club of Washington, DC with its annual Trafalgar Dinner.

October 24 - 28 - Annual NOUS Congress. Gathering from locations across the nation, companions and their spouses will attend this year's congress in San Antonio, TX.

December 7- 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. We are often joined by representatives from other naval-related organizations such as the Navy History and Heritage Command. That evening the Commandery holds its annual Pearl Harbor Dinner. This year's dinner will be at the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

Past Projects of Interest.

September 2017 - 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 history department in the selection of a panel of three scholars and presents a monetary award to each panelist.

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 Doctor Lucius Johnson was unveiled and donated to the club. Admiral Johnson introduced the Daiquiri at the club in the early 1900s. 

 LCDR Jay Gaul, with his father, J. Hunter Gaul III, the artist who painted the portrait of Admiral Lucius Johnson who introduced the Daiquiri to the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C. in 1910.

LCDR Jay Gaul, with his father, J. Hunter Gaul III, the artist who painted the portrait of Admiral Lucius Johnson who introduced the Daiquiri to the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C. in 1910.

May 2017 - Companions toured the NS Savannah, in Baltimore Harbor, to commemorate National Maritime Day.

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

 Captain John Rodgaard (USN, Ret), representing the Naval Order of the U.S., Rear Admiral (Sel) David Dwyer representing Admiral Michelle Howard and USNAVEUR, and  Lt. Commander Ralph Day (USN, Ret) representing the Ancient Order of Hibernians at the ceremony to unveil the historic marker that now marks the centennial of the arrival of the U.S. Fleet under Admiral Taussig in Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland.

Captain John Rodgaard (USN, Ret), representing the Naval Order of the U.S., Rear Admiral (Sel) David Dwyer representing Admiral Michelle Howard and USNAVEUR, and  Lt. Commander Ralph Day (USN, Ret) representing the Ancient Order of Hibernians at the ceremony to unveil the historic marker that now marks the centennial of the arrival of the U.S. Fleet under Admiral Taussig in Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland.

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.

 The historic marker that was placed in front of the Hill Community Center, Washington, D.C., indicating that, 150 years previously,  the building was once the Old Navy Hospital.

The historic marker that was placed in front of the Hill Community Center, Washington, D.C., indicating that, 150 years previously,  the building was once the Old Navy Hospital.

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.

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Captain John Rodgaard (USN Ret.) in front of the historic marker on the interior wall of the Royal Navy Hospital Museum, on the Isla del Rey in Port Mahon, the island of Menorca, Spain.

 

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