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Maritime Group to Take Soldiers on River Tour

On Tuesday, a local organization dedicated to advancing maritime education in Washington D.C., will once again host a sailing trip for the District’s wounded veterans returning from duty overseas.

American Spirit, the National Maritime Heritage Foundation’s 65-foot schooner, will set out tomorrow evening from the Gangplank Marina along the Anacostia River to tour D.C.’s historic waterways with 40 disabled veterans who are being treated at Walter Reed Hospital. This will be the third time this summer that the foundation, which runs several learn-to-sail programs in Washington and is working with local lawmakers to bring a tall ship to the Anacostia waterfront, has hosted returning soldiers and their families for a day of sailing on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.

‘Enemy Within’ Hits The Road in February

The International Spy Museum announced last week that its first special exhibition, “The Enemy Within: Terror in America — 1776 to Today,” will go on a multistate tour beginning in February 2006.

The exhibit, which has been on display at the museum since May 2004, explores events in U.S. history when home-grown or foreign groups practiced terror on American soil in an effort to influence or overthrow the government. The exhibit will first travel to Oklahoma City, where it will be on display at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum in time for the 11th anniversary of the bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Next fall the exhibit will travel to the Exploris Museum in Raleigh, N.C., where it will be on display for the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, in New York and Washington.

The last day to see “The Enemy Within” at the International Spy Museum in Washington is Sept. 5.

— John McArdle