Columbus Day Ceremonies - Washington, D.C.
October 12, 2015
The U.S. Marine Band at the 2015 ceremony
The Knights of Columbus Honor America Corps carried the 27 official flags of the United States
"Christopher Columbus" and members of Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus Honor America Corps
A view of the crowed gathered for the 2015 ceremonies, and the Military Color Guard in front of the memorial
Fourth Degree Knights carry the flags of participants from countries represented at the ceremony
Wreaths to be placed in front of the National Columbus Memorial at the ceremony's end
Members of the Knights of Columbus Honor America Corps
A representative of the National Park Service welcomes those attending this year's ceremonies
The 2015 Essay Contest Winner is presented with an award by Ann Turner Dillon, First Vice President General at the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Ellissa Ruffino, Director of Communications at the National Italian American Foundation
The youngest wreath presenter, from the Catholic Girl Scouts and Campfire
Students from local Catholic universities served as hosts at the event
The Virginia state officers of the Knights of Columbus
Each year, a local college student plays the role of Columbus at the ceremonies. This is the 2015 "Columbus," Kevin Fowler.
Fr. Everette Pearson, Pastor of Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville, MD delivered the invocation
NCCA President J. P. McCusker
U.S. Park Service Supervisory Ranger Jamie Keller welcomed the crowd gathered for the 2015 Columbus Day ceremonies
Enrique Sarda Valls, Minister and Consul General at the Italian Embassy to the U.S.
Carlo Romeo, Counselor at the Italian Embassy in Washington
The Ambassador of the Bahamas to the United States, Eugene Newry
NCCA Secretary Steve Upton read the Columbus Day proclamation issued by President Obama
Past NCCA President Tom Hogan
Columbus Essay Contest Winner Claud Boyd, of South Carolina, read his winning entry
President J. P. McCusker presents a one year NCCA membership to Essay Contest winner Claud Boyd
Italian diplomats place a wreath in honor of Columbus
Spanish diplomats place a wreath honoring Columbus
Representatives from the National Society Children of the American Revolution present a wreath
Representatives from the Italian embassy present a wreath on honor of Columbus
Click Here for a digital version of the 2015 program booklet, which was distributed to those who attended the ceremonies at the National Columbus Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Click Here to read this year's winning essay, by Claud Boyd, of Aiken, South Carolina. His participation was sponsored by the Henry Middleton Chapter of the DAR in Aiken.
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