Update 4:57 p.m.: The big ceremony is over. Many moving speeches. Marc Fisher emceed. Speakers included Marty Weil (50 years at Post!), Karen DeYoung, Marcus Brauchli, Woodward and Bernstein, Len Downie, Don Graham, Fred Ryan and Marty Baron. We were very sorry that some people could not join us: Our colleague Jason Rezaian has been unjustly and outrageously imprisoned for more than 500 days in Iran. Freelance writer Austin Tice, our stringer in Syria, was kidnapped in 2012, his whereabouts unknown. A year ago this week, our great friend and colleague of many years, Michel du Cille, passed away while covering the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.
Many of the greats who worked in the newsroom came back today for a final look at the 15th and L headquarters. Don Graham reminded us that although the building opened in 1972, a few months before the Watergate break-in, it was an appendage of the existing Post building that dates to 1949.
Don paid tribute to his mother: “The most important person who ever worked in this building was Katharine Graham.”
And although The Post has had its iconic stories and famous moments, Don reminded us that what made this a great institution was “just an average day when somebody lit it up.” There was much talk of Ben Bradlee, of course — we were standing in the newsroom that Bradlee built. And by the way, for two decades after his retirement, Ben was in the building, a Post vice president at-large, and the legendary editor routinely had lunch in that humdrum cafeteria.