NOAA Honors Jefferson with Ceremony

April 13, 2007 – Washington, DC

On April 13, 2007, at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the anniversary of the birthday of the third President of the United States was celebrated with a wreath-laying ceremony. This inspiring event was part of NOAA’s celebration of 200 years of science, service, and stewardship for the nation. Thomas Jefferson is considered to be the founder of NOAA. In 1807, Jefferson created our nation’s first scientific agency–the Survey of the Coast, an early forerunner of NOAA.

Jefferson Memorial
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

The Jefferson memorial ceremony was presented by the District of Columbia Society of Sons of the American Revolution in honor of the 264th anniversary of the birthday of Thomas Jefferson. The Society, joined by Revolutionary War descendants from other states, laid wreaths of flowers on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial.

Wreaths at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Wreaths presented during the ceremony.

Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez delivered keynote remarks to commemorate both the birthday of President Jefferson and the 200th anniversary of NOAA. Calling him a “visionary patriot,” the Secretary highlighted Jefferson’s understanding that science was essential for the progress of a fledgling nation. Jefferson once said, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” The result of his vision two centuries ago is NOAA, a world-class scientific organization dedicated to service to this country.

Carlos Guitierrez
Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez addresses guests at the wreath-laying ceremony.

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