Women In Military Service For America Memorial
Memorial Day Weekend Activities
May 26-28, 2018
All activities and exhibits are free and open to the public. The Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily. For more information contact Bridget DeSimone, 301-280-5735 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Memorial is easily accessible by Metro (Blue Line – Arlington Cemetery) and paid parking is available.
May 26-28: Fallen Warrior Ribbon Memorial, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
For the fifth consecutive year, the nonprofit Mindful Memorial Day Foundation will bring the “Fallen Warrior Ribbon Memorial,” to the Women’s Memorial. Created to honor fallen warriors through mindfulness, the “Fallen Warrior Ribbon Memorial” includes 6,912 yellow ribbons in remembrance of our fallen warriors from these current wars. Visitors are encouraged to take a ribbon and offer a prayer or meditation in remembrance of a fallen warrior. The goal is that every ribbon is claimed and every fallen warrior is remembered. For more information visit www.mindfulmemorialday.org.
May 26-28: “The Hello Girls” Documentary, 1:00 pm
Members of the public are invited to three special showings of the recently released documentary “The Hello Girls.” This compelling film tells the unknown story of 223 American women sent overseas with the Army Signal Corps as telephone operators during World War I and their nearly 60 year struggle to be recognized as Veterans. The film is unique opportunity to learn about the extraordinary story of women’s service to the nation and to observe the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
May 28: Women’s Memorial 21st Annual Memorial Day Program, 4:00 pm
The Women’s Memorial 21st annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., May 28, 2018. The ceremony, one of the major Memorial Day programs in the nation’s capital, is free and open to the public. In addition to formal military honors and a keynote address, the program will include remarks from past and present military women representing each of the services 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.
Delivering this year’s keynote address is Major General Tammy S. Smith, the Deputy G-1 for Headquarters, Department of the Army. A 32-year career officer in the Army and Army Reserve, General Smith is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. She most recently served as the Deputy Commanding General – Sustainment, Eighth United States Army, Korea.
Also at the Women’s Memorial for Memorial Day commemorative activities:
- “A New Generation of Warriors” is a special exhibit that pays tribute to the women who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. The exhibit speaks to the wartime experiences of these women through the memorabilia of 101st Airborne Division soldier CPL Jessica Ellis, who was killed in action on Mother’s Day, May 11, 2008, in Baghdad, Iraq. CPL Ellis’ father will be a special guest at the Memorial Day program.
- Also on display is the special In-Memoriam Book located in the Memorial’s Hall of Honor. The book, a living memorial that is updated as necessary, includes the picture, awards and decorations and biographical information of the now 168 military women who have lost their lives in these most recent wars.
- The Memorial’s newest exhibit, “The Changing Face of Courage,” is a collection of 29 stunning watercolor paintings by artist Dave Rappaport. Each painting features a contemporary military woman doing her job.
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