Memorial Day Ceremony at the Women’s Memorial—May 27, 2013, 4 p.m.
The Women’s Memorial 16th annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., May 27, 2013. 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.
Navy Rear Admiral Nora Tyson, Vice Director of the Joint Staff, will deliver this year’s keynote address. A Naval aviator, she was the first woman to command a carrier strike group, Carrier Strike Group 2, where she led the USS George H.W. Bush Strike Group on its maiden deployment in support of operations in both the 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.
Arlington National Cemetery: My Forever Home One-Woman Show to Debut at the Women’s Memorial—May 27, 2013, 2 p.m.
Arlington National Cemetery: My Forever Home, a new one-woman show by nationally known storyteller and local cable television host Ellouise Schoettler, will make it’s Washington, DC, debut at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. The show, an original production by Ms. Schoettler, is free and open to the public and is an entirely new way to look at Arlington’s hallowed grounds and the service, history and family stories it represents. It is the perfect Memorial Day story.
A loving, personal story woven with the traditions and daily “life” of Arlington National Cemetery, My Forever Home is a poignant glimpse, laced with surprising insights, into the history and ongoing importance of this special place—storyteller Ellouise Schoettler’s eventual “forever home.” Since her husband Jim’s Arlington burial, she has visited his grave often and each visit has inspired her to learn more about their “Forever Neighbors.” The story includes other families who visit, particularly the young families often seen near Section 60, where recent casualties are laid to rest. The program is a growing collection of stories about the people who are buried at Arlington, others who work there, and the members of the nation’s military. They all combine with Arlington’s rich history and hallowed tradition to offer respect and honor to members of the military buried there. This is a story of comfort for families.