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The Association of the Oldest Inhabitant of the District of Columbia
Letter to Mayor Anthony Williams opposing proposed change in DC flag
June 21, 2003




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The Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of The District of Columbia
Established Dec. 7, 1865

William Brown

Vice- president 
Sidney Hais

Sherwood Smith

Dr. Stephen Hopkins

Nelson Rimensnyder

Fire Dept. Liaison
John Breen

Board of Directors 
Harold Gray, Past President
A L. Wheeler, Past President

Jan A K Evans 
John Gill, Sr. 
Guy Gwynne 
Lucille Molinelli 
Seymour Selig 
Mildred Vigderhouse

c/o Historical Society of Washington/City Museum
801 K Street, NW
Wash., DC 20011 

June 21, 2003

The Honorable Anthony Williams, Mayor 
The John Wilson Building 
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20004

Dear Mayor Williams:

At its monthly meeting yesterday, the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia - the City's oldest civic organization - voted unanimously to request that you not adopt the proposed change to the City's official flag.

The AOI fully supports the city and its residents in the quest for congressional voting representation and believes there is an important opportunity here to make the city's situation known to visitors and tourists. Our late, immediate Past-president Dr. Phillip Ogilvie recommended that the City Council pass alternative legislation requiring a banner stating, "Taxation Without Representation is Tyranny" be displayed along with the District of Columbia flag until voting representation is achieved.

The membership of the AOI fully supports Dr. Ogilvie and the position he stated before the City Council on June 14, 2002. This flag is the oldest symbol for the District of Columbia, even though it was not formally adopted as the flag until 1938. Its association with the District can be traced back to the original plans for the City as the "Seat of [the Federal] Government as early as 1792.

The AOI continues to support those efforts and initiatives which serve to promote and preserve the heritage that is our Nation's Capital. Seeking the re-opening of major roadways, re-establishing a place of prominence for the statue of Alexander Shepherd, supporting voting representation and working for a vibrant resurgence of the City are among AOI's goals. We are now adding to our goals the preservation of our city's official flag.

William N. Brown, President 

The Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia - the District's oldest civic organization - was established on December 7,1865, to preserve memories and matters of historic interest By virtue of our long presence and participation in the city's prosperity and improvement -- to work and strive for the city's stability, security and advancement -- to aid in every way the prosperity and well-being of the District while preserving the heritage of its past.

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