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National Celebation of Columbus Day in Washington, DC
Washington, DC honors and celebrates the achievements of Christopher Columbus each year with a national wreath laying ceremony on Columbus Day. Embassies of Italy and Spain and the general public lay wreaths at the base of the Columbus Memorial Statue located at Union Station. The memorial is a large fountain with carvings of a native American, an elderly European, the figure of "Discovery" on the prow of a ship, and a globe. See the following photos of the Columbus Day ceremony and learn more about the annual event.
Date: October 10, 2016, 11 a.m.
Memorial Location: Union Station Plaza, Massachusetts Ave. & 1st St. Washington DC See a mapContinue to 2 of 8 below.
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Knights of Columbus Pay Tribute to Christoper ColumbusColumbus Day is celebrated the 2nd Monday in October. Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) is credited with "discovering" America in 1492. The Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain and Statue in Washington DC were dedicated June 8, 1912. It has been the focal point for yearly celebrations since that time to honor this Italian navigator and discoverer. The Knights of Columbus, a fraternal benefit society, participate in the annual event.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Flags at the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain
Since the dedication of the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain in 1912, dozens of organizations have participated in the Columbus Day celebrations including divisions and battalions of the Army and Navy, Knights of Columbus, representatives of Italian societies and members of the African American Knights of Pythias.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Knights of Columbus; Columbus Day EventThe Knights of Columbus was formed in 1882 to provide a social and intellectual fellowship among its members and their families by promoting economic stability through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief programs. Today there are more than 1.8 million members around the world.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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U.S. Marine Band Perform
The U.S. Marine Band plays patriotic tunes during the Columbus Day event in Washington DC. Established by act of Congress in 1798, the U.S. Marine Band is the oldest of the nation's military bands and the oldest professional musical organization in the United States. The band travels across the country and performs at approximately 500 events per year.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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US Marine Color Guard Presentation
The US Marine Color Guard participates in the annual Columbus Day event in Washington DC. The Color Guard is a four-member formation that renders military honor by providing ceremonial support from the Marine Corps. It consists of the senior Marine and Color Sergeant carrying the National Colors, a Marine carrying the Marine Corps Colors, and two rifle bearers.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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National Park Service Rangers
National Park Service rangers speak to the public during the Christopher Columbus wreath laying ceremony. Representatives of the federal government agency that manages national monuments participates in the annual event.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Columbus Day Protests in Washington, DCIn Washington DC, American citizens protest just about everything. Some people question the contributions of Christopher Columbus and show up at the annual event to express their freedom of speech and petition.