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  • Robert Vinson Brannum
    Sep 8, 2011

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      September 11, 2011


      As the Nation prepares to honor and to remember those who lost and sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001, the Officers and Delegates of the District of Columbia Federation of Civic Associations, Inc. join President Barack Obama and D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray in remembering the those who died on the day of these tragic events and paying tribute to the resolve of the American people. The District of Columbia Federation of Civic Associations urges its delegates and residents of the District of Columbia to assemble on Freedom Plaza, between 13 & 14 Streets at Pennsylvania Avenue, NW on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at 1:00PM for the District of Columbia


      “One City…One World: Peace, Tolerance, Service and Remembrance”



      Remembering Students, Teachers and Staffers

      September 11 Tenth Anniversary Observance

      Asia Cottom, age 11, was a sixth-grader at Backus Middle School in Washington, DC. Her family resided in the North Michigan Park area of Washington, DC.

      Bernard Curtis Brown II, age 11, was a student at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, DC and part of the group of students who had been selected to participate in a National Geographic Society ecology conference in California. Bernard was known to be the joy of his class and had a fun-loving personality. Bernard lived with his parents, Bernard and Sinita Brown, in naval housing on Bolling Air Force Base in Southeast Washington, DC.

      Rodney Dickens, age 11, was a sixth-grader at Ketcham Elementary School in Washington, DC. He went to Dulles International Airport with a teacher from Ketcham Elementary where he boarded American Airlines Flight 77 to California. Rodney lived in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Washington, DC.

      Hilda Taylor, age 62, was a veteran sixth-grade teacher at Leckie Elementary School in Southwest Washington, DC. She was one of the teachers who boarded American Airlines Flight 77 to accompany DC students on a National Geographic Society ecology trip. Taylor resided in Forestville, Maryland.

      James Daniel Debeuneure, age 58, was a fifth-grade teacher at Ketcham Elementary School in Washington, DC. The father of two was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77. He was chaperoning a student on a field trip to California sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Debeuneure was a resident of Columbia, Maryland.

      Debeuneure was 45 years old when he decided to become a teacher. He went back to college and received a master’s degree in education in order to launch his second career in the classroom.

      Sarah M. Clark, age 65, had taught in the DC public schools since 1965. Clark, a sixth-grade teacher at Backus Middle School, boarded American Airlines Flight 77 to chaperone a group of children going to Santa Barbara, California, for a National Geographic Society ecology conference. She was a resident of Columbia, Maryland.

      James Joseph Ferguson, age 39, worked for the National Geographic Society as the director of geography education outreach. He was accompanying three DC public school teachers and three students on a National Geographic-sponsored field trip to the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, when he boarded American Airlines Flight 77. He was a resident of Washington, DC. Ferguson lived on Capitol Hill and had worked for National Geographic for 14 years. He loved to travel; he could pack in 20 minutes and be ready to travel anywhere.

      Ann C. Judge, age 49, was a National Geographic Society employee who was leading a DC students’ trip to California when she boarded American Airlines Flight 77 to Los Angeles, California. She was the travel office manager of the National Geographic Society. Ann was a resident of Great Falls, Virginia.

      Remembering Our Residents

      September 11 Tenth Anniversary Observance


      Dr. Paul Ambrose 32, of Washington, DC, was a senior clinical advisor with the Office of the Surgeon General who worked toward improving health care in his country with a special focus on minorities. He was on board American Airlines flight 77 on his way to Los Angeles for a conference on adolescent obesity.

      David M. Charlebois, 39, was from Washington, DC. David lived with his family in Paris, France and Arlington, Virginia, and resided in Washington, DC at the time of his death. He was a graduate of Yorktown High School, Class of 1980. David attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, Class of 1984. He worked as a corporate pilot for several companies in North Carolina, and then began his career as a commercial pilot in 1988, first with USAir and later with American Airlines for 10 years.

      Karen A. Kincaid, 40, of Washington, DC, was born in Waverly, Iowa. Karen was a partner in the communications practice of the law firm Wiley Rein & Fielding (WRF). Karen also served as an adjunct professor at CU’s Columbus School of Law.

      Carolyn B. Halmon, 49, of Washington, DC, worked as a budget analyst for the US Army at the Pentagon. Herman, her husband of nearly 30 years, said she was "a churchgoing person." She was dedicated to her charity work at the National Church of God in Fort Washington, and she loved gardening at their Washington home.

      Maj. Ronald D. Milam, 33, of Washington, DC, worked in the Pentagon as the military assistant for the Secretary of Army, Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He earned a BA degree from Eastern New Mexico University and served his country for 10 years as a platoon leader and executive officer in Germany, assistant operations officer and battery commander in Korea, and Patriot training officer for Saudi Arabian forces, before his assignment in the Pentagon.  He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Bronze Star, Cold War Certificate and Parachutist Badge.

      Edna L. Stephens, 53, was from Washington, DC. Soon after graduation, Edna moved to Washington, DC, where she began her professional career working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For 34 years she worked for the Army and Department of Defense with various job titles in various locations at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. She liked to cook, bowl and sing in the choir at Varick Memorial AME Zion Church in Northeast Washington.



      Robert Vinson Brannum

      President, D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, Inc.