Pride Month 2023 with Council President Evan Glass

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June 2023

Montgomery County Pride

This month the Pride Flag will once again fly over Montgomery County! Joining me and County Executive Marc Elrich for the June 1 flag raising in Rockville will be Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Woods.

The flag raising ceremony recognizes the positive impact that LGBTQ+ residents have made in Montgomery County and across the state of Maryland. We must continue making our community a safe and welcoming place for all to call home.

Join me for a series of LGBTQ+ Pride Month events throughout the month of June! 

Learn more and RSVP to the Pride events.

2023 Pride Month events flyer

Juneteenth Celebration

Montgomery County’s Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 17, from 12 - 10 p.m. at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. This year’s theme, “Journey to Freedom: Acknowledge, Educate, and Celebrate” will trace the African American struggle for freedom through education, art, dance, music and honoring elders.

This year marks 158 years since Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its enslaved persons.

Juneteenth graphic

The Community Foundation: 50 Years

Congratulations to the Greater Washington Community Foundation for celebrating 50 years of service. For five decades the foundation has been a champion of thriving communities and a catalyst for community change, made possible through local philanthropic engagement, effective community investment and civic leadership.

The foundation is the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the region. Since 1973, it has granted more than $1.5 billion to thousands of nonprofits, including more than $92 million last year. Here’s to 50 more years of philanthropy and service!

Council President Glass and Catherine Leggett pose at Community Foundation event.

African American Health Program

The African American Health Program and the Black Physicians and Healthcare Network are working to close the racial health disparities by providing free, critical health services for members of our community. From maternal and mental health to STI and heart health, they’re here to help.

I was pleased to join them in Germantown for a community day of health education sessions, exercise classes and healthy food demonstrations. 

Council President Glass poses with Rev. Kenneth Nelson and Pat Grant at AAHP Community Day.

Constituent Corner

A resident contacted my office to inquire about the water fountains along the hiker-biker trail in Aspen Hill. Many of the water fountains had been turned off over the winter but as of mid-April they had not been turned back on. My office contacted the Parks Department and the water was restored. As always, please feel free to reach out to me by emailing me at or calling my office at (240) 777-7966.

Water fountain with notice that it is out of service for the season.

Did You Know...?

When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) moved into new buildings in downtown Silver Spring in 1990, they were criticized as boring and monolithic. A bronze sculpture created by Raymond Kaskey and officially named the Hand of NOAA, was installed in 1991. It was praised for its warmth, humanity and appeal. Using his own hand as a model for the NOAA piece, the sculpture originally included an operational fountain with water splashing upwards like a cuff of waves around the wrist. However, the water was removed in 2005 after a pipe corroded and now, instead of water, the fountain’s basin holds several boxwood shrubs and some flowers planted in soil, which is in accordance with the building’s Gold LEED status. Kaskey went on to design the copper eagles and laurels that decorate the World War II Memorial in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in D.C.’s Judiciary Square.

NOAA Hand sculpture. Image credit: NOAA Heritage

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