Oklahoma Women Veterans Recognition Day, Oct. 4
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has proclaimed Oct. 4, 2014, Oklahoma Women Veterans Recognition Day. This will be the 30th year Oklahoma has honored its women veterans in this way. In commemoration of this special day, the OK Department of Veterans Affairs cordially invites you to its annual Oklahoma Women Veterans Recognition Day celebration, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Norman. Oklahoma's fourth Secretary of Military and Veterans' Affairs, retired USAF Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon, encourages all Oklahoma servicewomen, past and present, to attend and will be on hand to welcome attendees. Registration and Social Hour begin at 8:30 a.m. Guest speakers this year are retired USAF Brig. Gen. Allison Hickey, VA Under Secretary of Benefits; Army COL Marsha Dorough, Army Surgeon General's Office; and retired USAF Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught, Women's Memorial Foundation president. The event is free to all women veterans, past and present, and includes lunch. Guests are welcome to attend for a $15 fee. Registration is required to attend. Information about the event and a registration form can be downloaded at the OKWVO website or e-mail Pam Bloustine.
160 Mile Valor Run to Benefit Women's Memorial
Navy CAPT Nancy Lacore is not a marathoner. She's an average runner who, in the end, will have spent nine months training to run 25 miles a day for six days to honor the women who've lost their lives in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Created by Lacore to raise awareness of the sacrifice of these women patriots, who now number 160, Valor Knows No Gender: Run to Remember is also a fundraiser, in part for the Women's Memorial. CAPT Lacore's goal is to raise $35,000-$10,000 of which will go to the Women's Memorial Foundation! Scheduled to begin Oct. 12 in Hampton Roads, VA, the captain's run will end 160 miles later at the Women's Memorial on Oct. 18, the Memorial's 17th anniversary. Learn more about Valor Run and the women it honors on Facebook and on the Valor Run website. Your donations in support of Valor Run and the charities supported by the run are greatly appreciated. To join CAPT Lacore on a leg of the run, contact her via e-mail. For information on the "finish line" ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m., Oct. 18, welcoming CAPT Lacore to Mile 160 and the Women's Memorial; or how to become a Tribute Ribbon bearer for the last 1/3 mile of the run, click here.
In A Heart Beat to Open at the Women's Memorial, Nov. 7
The much-anticipated In a Heart Beat exhibit by photographer Therese A. Hughes is scheduled to open at the Women's Memorial Nov. 7 as part of our 2014 Veterans Day activities. Formerly known as I Am A US Veteran: Women in War & Conflict, the exhibit will reveal the strength, courage and humanity of 90 women who have served our country between WWII to the War on Terror. The In a Heart Beat exhibit is part of a larger project and is the first public display for the project that is expanding to include 1200 female veterans. Many of you are likely to be some of the more than 750 women from all ranks and all branches who have been interviewed and photographed to date as Therese has worked to complete this years-long project. These compelling images and stories will appear in books and exhibits that are planned for production over the next two years. We hope you will mark your calendars to attend the exhibit opening or plan to visit the exhibit during its 10-month stay at the Memorial.
DC Premiere of Censored on Final Approach Coming to Women's Memorial, Nov. 9 & 10
The Women's Memorial Foundation is pleased to host the Washington, DC, premiere of the Censored on Final Approach theatre production. Censored tells the story of four WASP (Women in Airforce Service Pilots) who are willing to accept any mission for their chance to serve their country, gain the respect of their male counterparts and experience the thrill of flying. It is a story of strength, courage, identity, and the close-knit friendships formed during difficult times. Written by the late playwright, teacher and actor, Phylis Ravel, the production is brought to the Women's Memorial by Infinite Variety Productions (IVP), the NYC non-profit theatre company dedicated to shining light on the lesser known stories from women's history. IVP performed A Piece of My Heart at the Women's Memorial in 2013. We hope you will mark your calendars to attend a performance of this moving presentation. Productions are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Presentations will be free and open to the public. RSVP information is forthcoming.
Women's Memorial Veterans Day Observance, Nov. 11, 3 PM
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the 17th annual Women's Memorial Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11, 2014, at 3 p.m. The ceremony, one of the major observances in the nation's capital, is free and open to the public and will include formal military honors, a keynote address, veterans' remarks, and wreath layings. It's hard to believe that this will be our 17th annual Veterans Day ceremony. After all of this time, our speakers continue to amaze us with their stories and perceptions of Veterans Day. We hope you'll be able to join us for this year's program. We promise it will make you proud. We'll move inside if the weather is bad. More information will be available as we get closer to the event. In the interim, you may e-mail the Foundation or call 800-222-2294/703-533-1155.
Foundation President's Activities
Brig. Gen. Vaught is scheduled to attend and/or make remarks at the following events from Oct. 4 through Veterans Day 2014:
Oct. 4 30th Annual Oklahoma Women Veteran's Recognition Program, Norman, OK, remarks. Oct. 5
American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial Dedication, Washington, DC, attend.
Senior Professional Women’s Assoc. Leadership Awards Ceremony, Pentagon, attend.
Lutheran College Washington Semester Program, Women's Memorial, Arlington, VA, remarks.
Oct. 12 Miss Veteran America Program, Leesburg, VA, attend. Oct. 18
Women's Memorial Anniversary & "Finish Line" Ceremony, CAPT Nancy Lacore Valor Run, Women's Memorial, Arlington, VA, remarks.
The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America dinner, Arlington, VA, remarks.
Oct. 25 US Military Academy Class of '85 women reunion, Women's Memorial, Arlington, VA, remarks. Oct. 27 CPT Lily Causey Internment, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, attend. Oct. 28
“The Empowerment Project” documentary screening, Women’s Memorial, Arlington, VA, remarks.
U of Illinois President’s dinner & reception, Washington, DC, attend.
Salute to Women of the Military, Havelock, NC, remarks.
In a Heart Beat exhibit opening, Women's Memorial, Arlington, VA, remarks.
Nov. 9 82nd Airborne Wreath Laying, Women's Memorial, Arlington, VA, remarks. Nov. 9 & 10 Censored on Final Approach theatre presentation, Women's Memorial, Arlington, VA, attend. Nov. 10 Business & Professional Women’s Foundation Forum, Women’s Memorial, attend. Nov. 11 17th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony, Women's Memorial, Arlington, VA, remarks.