Thursday, September 24, 2020

Get Out! And Pay Your Respects....


by Peggy Robin

This week’s  “Get Out” column is highlighting just two events – both commemorative – and each in its own way a reflection on the actions of those who fought for our rights, human dignity and equality: One honors the life of an individual, Ruth Bader Ginsburg; the other, the commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and pays tribute to the hundreds of thousands who fought and died to defeat the Axis powers.

Today – Thursday, September 24 – is the second day that the body of RBG will lie in repose at the top of the front steps to the Supreme Court. You can pay your respects from 9:30 AM until 10 PM. On Friday, she will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Building. There will be a formal ceremony for invited guests. 

The following week interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, where she will be buried next to her husband, with a private service.

More information here:

On Friday, September 25 you can look to the skies over the National Mall to see a flyby of vintage World War II aircraft to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Allied Forces over the Nazis in Europe. This event was originally scheduled for May 8, 2020, on the actual 75th anniversary of V-E Day, but it was postponed until September 25 – a date by which the schedulers may have assumed the pandemic would be over and done with.

If you go to the Mall, please be prepared for crowds. It’s a large enough outdoor space that if you’ve got a good, tight-fitting mask and are careful about keeping your distance, you should be safe.

Here's DCist’s description of the event: "Vintage warbirds will fly south over the Potomac River from Northern Virginia in sequence. They’ll fly east over Independence Avenue along the National Mall before turning around near the U.S. Capitol and heading back to Virginia.

"The first formation is scheduled to fly over the Lincoln Memorial at 11:30 a.m. Each of the formations will represent one of the war’s major battles, ending with the Missing Man formation."

You can read more about this event in this article in DCist:

If you would rather watch from inside your covid-safe bubble, the event will be live streamed here:

The commemorative coverage will begin at 10 AM; the flyover formations will reach the National Mall at about 11:30 AM.


The "Get Out" events column is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.

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