Marriott Marquis Officially Opens - June 10th 2014 - Part One

The cycle is complete. The Marriott Marquis is now officially open. The Districts newest and largest hotel was dedicated on Tuesday morning and celebrated in the evening.
Rather than write about all the events here is a photo gallery of the days events and people. Part One starts above the lobby on Tuesday morning with the speeches and a surprise dedication.
Guests arrive, and J.W. Marriott, Jr. is there to greet them
Photo ops abound as the city's VIP's arrive
Let the proceedings begin. Dan Nadeau, General Manager, Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
WPA perform the National Anthem
First up - Mayor Vincent Gray
The Mayor talked about the importance to the city's economy,  and the boost that the Marriott Marquis will provide
Arne Sorenson, President & CEO, Marriott International spoke of The Marriott Corp. growth
Norm Jenkins, President, Capstone Development, LLC spoke of his personal journey with the Marquis development
Greg O’Dell, President and CEO, Events DC talked about the 'connection' between the Convention Center and the Hotel
Councilmember Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 was up next
Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO, Destination DC
Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, added some levity to the proceedings
and congratulated the training and labor force involved with the hotel
Christopher Gladstone, President, Quadrangle
The last formal speech of the day came from the Boss! J.W. Marriott, Jr. In what was a speech that touched on history (both family and business) Mr. Marriott beamed with obvious pride at the latest hotel, and the 4,000th hotel to carry the Marriott name.
Following his speech, J.W. Marriott, Jr. was surprised by the dedication of a plaque in his honor.
Debbie Harrison, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Marriott International makes announcement
David Marriott, COO Eastern Americas, Marriott International. unveils the plaque
Mrs. Donna Marriott applauds J.W. Marriott, Jr. on receipt of the honor
This is not the end of the morning event's ......look for Part Two later today, for coverage of the ribbon cutting, the toast and the evenings celebration.