Greater Washington, DC

T-shirt Memorial to the Lost

To increase public awareness of the tragic toll exacted by gun violence, Heeding God’s Call Philadelphia, working with volunteers from the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, in 2012, developed the T-Shirt Memorial to the Lost, commemorating the 288 lives lost to gun violence during that year.  The Memorial is a simple but compelling demonstration of the scope of the carnage wrought by gun violence.  During 2013 the Memorial was installed at sites throughout the Philadelphia area, and an updated Memorial for Philadelphians lost to gun violence in 2013 is presently being constructed.

Following the lead of the Philadelphia chapters of Heeding, the Greater Washington chapter is developing its Memorial to the Lost for victims of gun violence during the 2013 calendar year for Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and portions of Maryland that are adjacent to DC.  The Memorial will display t-shirts for 176 lives lost in the Greater Washington area in 2013. 

Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle, Washington, DC 20015, was the first location displaying the Memorial to the Lost in the Greater Washington area. Members of the Church assisted in writing the names on the 176 t-shirts and installing the Memorial with a short service on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The Memorial to the Lost was incorporated into the Stations of the Cross Good Friday services sponsored by several churches on Chevy Chase Circle. It was removed on April 19, 2014, and on April 26, it was installed at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, MD, where the Memorial remained until May 15, 2014.  Below you will find the incomplete list of sites past, present, and future, with more to be added once they are confirmed.

Already the impact of the Memorial is being felt and voiced.  Nancy Rosen of Chevy Chase PC shared.” I love driving and walking past our t- shirt memorial on the Circle. The display is so simple,striking and beautiful, yet, at the same time, heart - wrenchingly sad...I hope the memorial makes a lasting impression on many people who will be called to action against gun violence that robs our communities, nationwide, every single day.” At St. Mark Presbyterian Church, the grandmother of one of the victims participated in the installation of the Memorial by hanging the t-shirt of her granddaughter personally.    

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Delity,, from Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington.  We are particularly interested in hearing from you if your place of worship is interested in hosting the Memorial to the Lost for two weeks. 

Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington may be contacted by email at 


Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church April 4 – 19

One Chevy Chase Circle, Washington, DC 20015

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church  April 26 – May 15

10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Northern Virginia Mennonite May 17-May 31

3729 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA

Church of the Pilgrims June 4-June 21

2201 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037

Fifteenth Avenue Presbyterian June 22-July 11

1701 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Northminster Presbyterian August 2-Aug. 16

7720 Alaska Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20012

Faith Presbyterian Church August 24 – Sep 13

4161 South Capitol Street SW, Washington, DC 20032

First Presbyterian of Arlington September 13-Sept. 27

601 N. Vermont Street, Arlington, VA 22203

Northwood Presbyterian Church September 27 – October 11

1200 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Christ Church Episcopal Church (Dates TBD)

118 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Welcome to Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington 

The Greater Washington chapter of HGC represents support to end gun violence among the multi-faith communities in the metropolitan area in Washington, DC, in Maryland, and in Northern Virginia.  The GW chapter will celebrate its three-year anniversary in June, 2014

During that time members and supporters of HGCGW have demonstrated in front of Realco nearly every Monday for an hour.  Below is information on our on-going effort at Realco: 

 Based on information obtained from the October 24, 2010, article by David S. Fallis in the Washington Post, HGC Greater Washington decided to focus our efforts on Realco Guns in District Heights, MD, for public actions in an effort to convince the gun shop owner to act in a more responsible manner in screening for straw buyers.  According to the Post,  Realco Guns in District Heights sold 86 guns linked to homicides within the last twenty years with 300 guns sold there being linked to non-fatal shootings, as of 2010.  In that article Major Andy Ellis of the Prince George’s (MD) Police Department is quoted as saying, “I can only imagine how much lower our violent-crime rate would be if Realco sold shoes instead of guns.”


Since June, 2011, many of us have shown our support for efforts to bring more responsible gun shop ownership bi-weekly participating in a public action in front of Realco Guns. On July 1, 2013, our demos at Realco changed to twice monthly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month due to the much- strengthened new MD state laws as they pertain to gun dealers; these laws went into effect on October 1, 2013. Our demos at Realco now are held once a month on each fourth Monday of the month. As we expand our focus into Virginia, we are now joining an existing group in its monthly demonstrations at the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, which takes place on the 14th of each month at 10am in remembrance of lives lost and/or irreparably damaged at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012.

Public Actions –  Please join us!

Realco Guns

6108 Marlboro Pike

District Heights, MD 20747

MONDAY AFTERNOONS- fourth of each month

During Daylight Savings Time = 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

During Eastern Standard Time : 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

There is no demo on Mondays that are federal holidays or during periods of inclement weather.

 In case of inclement weather, we will follow the schedule for the Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD).  Sign up to be alerted at


NRA Headquarters

11250 Waples Mill road

Fairfax, VA 22030

EVERY 14TH OF THE MONTH, 10:00 a.m.

In recognition of the victims and survivors of the shooting at Sandy Hook ES in December, 2012. 

(Sponsored by Reston-Herndon Alliances to End Gun Violence and supported by the Greater Washington chapter of HGC)


Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington is currently accepting donations to support our increased communications with our community and our public actions.  If you would like to donate, please make out the checks to Washington Council of Churches with the notation of Heeding God's Call in the memo section of the check and send your check to Heeding God's Call of Greater Washington, PO Box 130, West Bowie, MD 20719. All gifts made through the Council of Churches for Heeding God’s Call are tax deductible. 

Contact Us / Join Us / Volunteers Needed and Appreciated