Upcoming Events—Veterans Day Weekend Events at the Women's Memorial
A variety of events are scheduled during the Veterans Day 2013 Weekend. Events are listed in chronological order, including information about the 16th annual Women’s Memorial Veterans Day program.
November 9 & 10
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial dedication, the Women’s Memorial will be the site of two performances of Shirley Lauro’s award-winning play, A Piece of My Heart. Performances are scheduled for 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, and are free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first served. The play is “the true stories of six courageous women sent to Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them and a nation that shunned them.” A Piece of My Heart will be presented by Infinite Variety Productions, a not-for-profit, female-focused theater company, whose mission is “dedicated to telling stories of women throughout history.” For more information about the Vietnam Women’s Memorial anniversary celebration, visit the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation website.
The 82nd Airborne Division Association will honor current and past women paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division with a wreath laying ceremony at the Women’s Memorial on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m. The program will include formal military honors, an 82nd Airborne Division Color Guard and bugler, and keynote remarks by retired Army Major General Dee Ann McWilliams. Association President Harold Schroeder will present the wreath. This event is free and open to the public.
The Foundation is happy to welcome back nationally known storyteller and local cable television host Ellouise Schoettler and her one-woman show, Arlington National Cemetery: My Forever Home, on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 12:30 p.m. The show, an original production by Ms. Schoettler, is a new way to look at Arlington’s hallowed grounds and the service, history and family stories it represents. 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 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. In recognition of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial 20th anniversary, the show will also include stories of servicewomen who served in Vietnam and are buried at Arlington. Arlington National Cemetery: My Forever Home is free and open to the public. Read a review of My Forever Home on the Military Experience & the Arts website.
The Women’s Memorial Foundation is proud to host a screening of the documentary Gold Star Children, written and directed by Mitty Griffis Mirrer, herself a Gold Star Child, on Monday, Nov. 11, at 12:00 p.m. The hour-long documentary “takes an intimate look at American children who've lost a parent to war, following the parallel journeys of two generations of grieving children—recent war orphans who’ve lost military parents serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and here at home and adult-child survivors of the Vietnam War—as they learn to heal together. The film brings together voices of today with historical context, giving meaning and shape to how America understands those who sacrifice in service to their country and the children and families they leave behind. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public and seating is first-come, first-served. Learn more about Gold Star Children on their website.
We hope you will join us for the Women’s Memorial 16th annual Veterans Day ceremony, scheduled for 3 p.m., Nov. 11. The ceremony is one of the major observances in the nation’s capital and is free and open to the public. Delivering this year’s keynote address is Ms. Susan Scanlan, President, Women’s Research & Education Institute and Chair, National Council of Women’s Organizations. A long time advocate for military women, she helped author the legislation admitting women to the military service academies and helped found the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues and its policy arm, the Women’s Research & Education Institute (WREI). Since 1990, WREI’s Women in the Military Project has provided information and policy analysis on issues important to military women and women veterans. Five servicewomen, one from each military service, will join Ms. Scanlan, in paying tribute to the nation’s military veterans. For more information call 800-222-2294 or 703-533-1155.
The organizers of the 2013 National Veterans Day Salute invite you to the special Veterans Day program Honoring Our United States Armed Forces, Our Veterans and Their Families. The event, a free concert for Veterans, Military and their families, is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 p.m., at DAR Constitution Hall. Master-of-ceremonies will be screen, stage and TV superstar Sheryl Lee Ralph. Joining Ms. Ralph is a superstar line up of breakout Country-artist Katie Armiger and Jazz-R&B artist Carolyn Malachi. BET Sunday Best winner Y'Anna Crawley, the United States Army Field Band and other performers and supporters are also scheduled to appear. DAR Constitution Hall is located at 1776 D St NW, Washington, DC.