Fantail Breakfast with Secretary Kernan
Sep
12
7:00 AM07:00

Fantail Breakfast with Secretary Kernan

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Our Fantail Breakfast Series is designed to provide an update by senior Navy and DoD leaders and is conducted under Chatham House rule.

This event is invite-only. Please contact Lisa Barker at 202-380-0782 or LBarker@navymemorial.org if you or your company are interested in attending.

To learn more, visit our programs page

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Bridge Wing Chat
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Bridge Wing Chat

Please join us for our first Bridge Wing Chat which will include a straightforward and honest discussion with the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Bill Moran, about current Navy issues from preparation for blue water ops to retention and strategy.


Navy Memorial’s new Bridge Wing Chat series will bring together Navy and DOD leaders in a series of events that will provide naval enthusiasts the opportunity to engage on current topics which have a strategic impact on the Navy, maritime dominance and national security, today and tomorrow.

The name “Bridge Wing Chats” represents conversations that are held every day and every night on bridge wings of ships at sea between senior, seasoned leaders and less experienced, more junior Sailors in which wisdom is passed, experiences are shared, and intellectual horizons are broadened.

For more information, please contact Robert Parker at rparker@navymemorial.org or 202-380-0723.

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Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony

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Don’t miss this year's Blessing of the Fleet, a centuries-old tradition that protects Sailors from the dangers of the sea.  Join the Navy Memorial in honoring a longstanding maritime tradition.  Beginning shortly after the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, D.C., making for an unforgettable springtime celebration.


This tradition dates back to ancient times and is meant to safeguard ships and their crew members after an offering is made at the water’s edge. Each year, starting in 1987 when it was dedicated, the Navy Memorial blesses the water in its outdoor fountains with water from the Seven Seas and the Great Lakes. 

This annual blessing recharges the water, bringing the fountains back to life in time for the spring season.

The ceremony will include performances from the U.S. Navy Band and Ceremonial Guard. Navy culinary specialists from the White House Messwill prepare and serve Navy bean soup to visitors after it has concluded.  Guests are also invited to enjoy a free concert of traditional maritime music by theWashington Revels’ Maritime Voices.

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