Annual Memorial Day Ceremony—May 25
The Women’s Memorial 18th annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., May 25, 2015. The ceremony, one of the major Memorial Day programs in the nation’s capital, is free and open to the public and includes formal military honors, a keynote address, wreath-layings and the Memorial’s signature event, the scattering of rose petals in tribute to departed comrades. Members of the public are invited to join in the personal tribute segment of the program.
In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the program will pay particular tribute to the women who served in Vietnam and the Southeast Asia Theater of Operation, as well as those who served during the Vietnam era. Keynote speaker for the event is Vietnam veteran Diane Carlson Evans, a former Army nurse and founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. Joining Evans will be women Vietnam veterans from each service branch.
For more information about this event, call 703-533-1155 or 800-222-2294. The Women’s Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, is readily accessible by Metro (Blue Line) and paid parking is available. The Women In Military Service For America Memorial is the nation’s only major memorial honoring all servicewomen, past and present. Featuring an exhibit gallery, theater and Register of women who have served, the Memorial is open to the public, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.
Mindful Memorial Day — May 17-24
The third annual Mindful Memorial Day observance is taking place at the Women’s Memorial from May 17-24, 2015. The Fallen Warrior Ribbon Memorial — a powerful display of 6,820 yellow ribbons in remembrance of our fallen warriors from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq—went on display in the Women’s Memorial exhibit gallery beginning 17 May. On Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, visitors have the opportunity to bring the Ribbon Memorial to life by honoring an individual warrior with a mindful moment of gratitude. Visitors may remove a single ribbon, affix a label containing the name, date of death, and operation of a fallen warrior, and wear the ribbon in tribute to the warrior.
Armor Down, a Washington, DC-based organization dedicated to helping our military service members make a successful transition back to civilian life, inaugurated mindful Memorial Day two years ago. This year’s event is produced under the auspices of the nonprofit Mindful Memorial Day Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. It is a project of Armor Down, with major support provided by McGuireWoods. For more information, or to offer your services as a volunteer or sponsor, contact Ben King at (202) 487-5734 or visit the Armor Down website.
For more information about this event, call 703-533-1155 or 800-222-2294. The Women’s Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, is readily accessible by Metro (Blue Line) and paid parking is available.