Wreaths across America on December 13, 2014
The plan for the Archdiocese of Washington District (AWD) of the Fourth Degree for Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery was to meet across from the Visitor's Center at the 101st Airborne Division Memorial on the right side of Memorial Drive (as you walk or drive towards the Cemetery), the road leading into the Cemetery, at 0830. The memorial consists of a bronze eagle, representing the units "Screaming Eagles" nickname, perched atop a granite stone. Once we get together at 0830, we'll move to the area of the opening ceremony, a gravesite, or wreath truck. This is a great event for families and friends and a recruiting opportunity.
Due to the amazingly large turnout for the event, many of us were delayed in traffic or at metro stations. So, some met at the 101st Airborne Division Memorial, and others were on their own and went out into the cemetery for the opening ceremony and to the trucks to get wreaths to place.
The Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus has been a national leader among all civic groups and associations in our support of remembering the fallen – those who served our nation and paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.
This year, the Archdiocese of Washington District is asking its friends, families, and Assemblies to consider donating to Wreaths Across America - A non-profit that honors the lives of the fallen by decorating the graves at military cemeteries across the nation with a wreath at Christmastime.
The James Cardinal Hickey Assembly #2534 of the Archdiocese of Washington District has been collecting money for Wreaths Across America for several years. From direct support to Military Chaplains and the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), to creating and publishing the Armed With the Faith prayer book, the Hickey Assembly serves our military daily.
For almost 20 years the Hickey Assembly has served our Nation in the following major initiatives:
Your assistance in our Wreaths Across America fundraising efforts not only help us fulfil our mission in providing support to our men and women serving today, but to Remember, Honor, and Teach about those who have fallen in support of our nation.
Join our team today and help us raise funds to cover every Christian grave at Arlington National Cemetery this Christmas.
It's never too early to give; It's never too late to thank those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
On Sunday, May 11, 2014, Sir Knights from the Archdiocese of Washington District and the Calvert Province served as Guards of Honor for the National Mass of Thanksgiving for St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II and the procession of a 1st Class Blood Relic of St. John Paul II from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC.
Months of preparation were involved for this historic procession that included His Eminence, the Archbishop of Washington, The Most Rev. Donald Cardinal Wuerl, His Excellency, the Supreme Chaplain and Archbishop of Baltimore, The Most Rev. William E. Lori, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, Deputy Supreme Knight Logan T. Ludwig, Supreme Secretary Charles E. Maurer Jr., Supreme Treasurer Michael J. O'Connor, Supreme Warden George W. Hanna, Supreme Director Patrick Kelly and Supreme Director Tom Smith.
District Scouting Liaison SK Dr Reginald Greer, PGK, PFN is being honored by the Maryland Catholic Conference for his 25 years of service as Captain of the 25th District. Congratulations to SK Dr Greer for this well deserved honor.
The Master of the 4th degree SK John Winfrey is proud to announce the Honorees for the two District Exemplifications.
The Honoree for the Priest and Special Needs Exemplification on February 22, 2014 is SK Maurice Hunt FDD, PGK, PFN.
SK Maurice Hunt FDD, PGK, PFN Before passing this last year Maurice (Mo) served our Country, Our Order, and his community faithfully in many capacities for many years. In particular. Maurice served the Maryland State council as a District Deputy, Warden to the State Deputy and Maryland State Activity/Project Chairman. He also served the Archdiocese of Washington District as a District Marshal and as District Membership Director.
The Honoree for the March 29, 2014 Exemplification is SK Fr. Gregory Gresko.
Fr Gresko is a long time advocate for the Knights of Columbus. He currently serves as Washington DC Associate State Chaplain, as well as Chaplain of the Blessed John Paul II Shrine. Fr Gresko is a member and strong supporter of James Cardinal Hickey Assembly.