Friends of the Soldiers Home is grateful to Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A in Washington, D.C. for unanimously approving a $1,000 grant on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The grant will assist with a portion of the cost of signage, banners, flyers and letterhead to help communicate with the community about, and during, festival events such as Spring Fling, July 4 and Oktoberfest. Two festivals last year were attended by nearly 3,000 people, many from ANC 1A, which includes the Park View and Columbia Heights neighborhoods near the Armed Forces Retirement Home. The Oktoberfest festival was cancelled in 2013 because of the federal government shutdown. “Friends of the Soldiers Home is all about connecting the Home and the community,” Friends President John Hughes said. “We appreciate ANC 1A’s support of activities that enrich the lives of citizens as they interact with veterans on the historic, beautiful Home campus.” ANCs are non-partisan, locally-elected bodies that have been operating in D.C. since 1976. ANC 1A is one of 37 in the nation’s capital.