Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc upon the East Coast in late August, especially in Washington, where the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
had to be postponed. Five days of planned celebrations for 400,000 spectators were cut to just two and a half days, because of the bad weather. Before Irene threatened the weekend, an earthquake shook up plans, forcing the Honoring Global Leaders for Peace gala to be moved from the National Building Museum to the convention center just 24 hours before its planned start. The memorial's rescheduled dedication took place October 16, the 16th anniversary of the Million Man March.