: News

Filed Under:

Knights of Columbus Celebrate the Holiday

Play associated audio

The statue of Christopher Columbus at Washington's Union Station is expecting some visitors and fanfare. The Knights of Columbus are preparing for ceremonies this morning on behalf of their patron. The group is usually very service-oriented, but the holiday presents members with a chance to gather and celebrate.

Charles Smallwood is the Master of the Washington Archdiocese. He remembers seeing the Knights in a parade in Southern Maryland. "When I was nine years old, I saw these men walking so proudly -- so very, very proudly -- in their capes and chapeaus. At nine, I said, 'That's what I want to do!'"

Now that he's a high-ranking Fourth Level Knight, he says he's looking forward to one aspect of the ceremony in particular -- a reading by the young winner of this year's Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest. "When you have the youth talking about what this country means to them, that to me is more important than anything the old folk can do!"

Columbus Day ceremonies begin at Union Station at 11am.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

NPR

Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
NPR

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

NPR

Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.