Washington, DC

By Peggy Dee

Sunday, May 3rd, was a lovely sunny day in our nation’s capital, as the DC Ladies celebrated its annual Mass to honor the Nuns of the Battlefield.  We had reserved seating at the historic St. Matthew’s Cathedral, where we proudly displayed our tri-color sashes. Our dear chaplain, Father John Hurley concelebrated the Mass.

After the Mass, we processed across the street to the Nuns of the Battlefield monument where a basket of flowers was placed.  We were graced with the presence of our National President, Mary Hogan, and our National Catholic Action Chair, Mary Ann Lubinsky.   It was a delight to have Cyrile Simcock, the Maryland State President, and her group from Maryland.

This monument was dedicated in 1924 to the various orders of nuns who acted as nurses during the Civil War.  It was the original idea of Ellen Ryan Jolly, who was the LAOH National President in 1914, when she proposed the construction of this monument at the National Convention.  The DC Ladies have never forgotten Mrs. Jolly and continue this tradition each year.

Another Washington event, The European Union sponsored its embassy open house day on Saturday, May 9, along the well-known embassy row.  The DC LAOH and AOH were honored to be invited to participate in the annual Irish Embassy Open House. We sponsored a LAOH table at the Irish Embassy where a full display of Irish culture was available for the entire day. The DC Hibernians staffed the table with information on our organizations.  A fantastic 6000 visitors came through the Embassy that day.

 

 

Gail Dapolito, Maria Humphries, Barbara Melanson, Ralph Day, Ronnie Markey, Jim Markey, Fr. John Hurley

Gail Dapolito, Maria Humphries, Barbara Melanson, Ralph Day, Ronnie Markey, Jim Markey, Fr. John Hurley