The ceremony was organized by the Knights of Columbus and several lineage organizations took part.
The high school student who won the "Christopher Columbus Essay Contest" sponsored by the NSDAR read her essay. After a concert by the Marine band, and remarks by several dignitaries, there was a procession of wreaths.
Columbus Day 2011 was a gorgeous 75 degrees with blue skies in Washington, DC.
National President Amanda Nagy with President General Dr. Richard Clouse starting their procession.
After the ceremony with NSDAC National President Georgia Holder