Women in military service for america memorial

Upcoming Events

Special Exhibit Opening, Reception and Program

“Shooter: Combat from Behind the Camera”
Stacy Pearsall
Air Force Veteran and Combat Photographer

Join us for a Pre-Veterans Day

Book Launch Event
November 8, 2018, 5:30 pm
Beyond the Call: Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan

Join author Eileen Rivers at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial, Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 5:30 pm, for the launch of her first book Beyond the Call: Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan.

Beyond the Call is a riveting account of three women, all members of a Female Engagement Team (FET), who fought shoulder-to-shoulder with men and worked with local women to restore their lives and push back the Taliban. Two of the women featured in Beyond the Call will join Ms. Rivers to talk about their experiences and answer questions from the audience, a unique first-hand opportunity to learn about the FET and operational practice.

The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signature by the author and FET members. Light refreshment will be available. To let us know that you will join us, please email erivers1@hotmail.com. To learn more about the book, go to https://beyondthecallonline.com.

The Women In Military Service For America Memorial is located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements have been made for on-street parking in front of the Memorial along Memorial Drive. The Memorial is also accessible by Metro Blue Line, Arlington Cemetery Stop, with the last train stopping at 7:00 pm.

Special Veteran’s Day Activities in November

While the Women In Military Service For America Memorial celebrates veterans 365 days a year, we have some special events lined up for November to commemorate Veteran’s Day. Save these dates!

Changing the Face of Courage

Do you know a servicewoman or woman veteran whose story of courage deserves to be told? We are excited to start a new project to share more women’s stories, but we need your help! We invite you to nominate a woman who you believe represents the face of courage. All women who served persevered through challenges, from being the first in her field to leaving a family behind, to be on the front line in combat. They all displayed courage and have helped empower future generations! Submit your nomination by clicking here. We will collect and review the nominations to select representative candidates to be, interviewed and subsequently posted as part of our Changing the Face of Courage project that will be launched on Facebook on Veteran’s Day, November 11th.

Sunday, November 11th 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (webcast live)

Veterans Day Program

Save the date. The 21st annual Women In Military Service For America Memorial Veterans Day ceremony will be held this year at 3 p.m., Nov. 11, 2018. 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 a wreath laying. We are honored to have Pamela Powers, the Department of Veterans Affairs Chief of Staff, deliver this year’s keynote remarks. If you can’t come in person – check out our webcast live on our Facebook page or the video posted after the event.

Friday, November 16, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Special Exhibit Opening, Reception and Program – “Shooter: Combat from Behind the Camera” Stacy Pearsall, Air Force Veteran and Combat Photographer

Join us for a special evening with Stacy Pearsall, retired Air Force combat photographer and founder of the Veteran Portrait Project (VPP). Stacy is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with “V” Device for combat actions in Iraq. Her photography from her tours of duty has led to international acclaim, including multiple prestigious awards and exhibitions. We will start the evening with a reception/meet and greet where a special exhibit of Stacy’s work featuring women veterans will be on display. The reception will be followed by a program in the theater where Stacy will speak on her experiences as an Air Force combat photographer. Stacy will share stories about her own service and her inspiration to launch the Veteran Portrait Project – her way of thanking her fellow veterans through what she does best – photography. Since starting the project, Stacy has taken photos of almost 7,000 veterans in 27 states.

This event is free, but we kindly ask that you RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shooter-combat-from-behind-the-camera-an-evening-with-stacy-pearsall-tickets-50371127398

This program is sponsored by the Fluor Military Support Coalition and the Veterans Canteen Service in partnership with the Center For Women Veterans.

Saturday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Veterans Portrait Project Comes to the Women’s Memorial: Photoshoot

Award-winning photographer Stacy Pearsall brings her Veterans Portrait Project to the Women’s Memorial. Thirty-six women veterans will have the opportunity for a free personal portrait session with Pearsall at the Women’s Memorial and get to bring home their very own portrait. Registration is closed

Where to find the Women’s Memorial: Located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, the Women’s Memorial is accessible by METRO Blue Line, Arlington Cemetery Stop, and paid parking is available in the Cemetery Visitor Lot. Directions to the Women’s Memorial can be found at www.womensmemorial.org/Visit/directions.html. Please plan time for security screening at Arlington National Cemetery.

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