Archived Events

Fallen Warrior Ribbon Memorial

May 25-28, 2019 – 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

For the sixth 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 6,958 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




Memorial Day Program

May 27, 2019 – 4:00 PM

Memorial Day is right around the corner. The Women’s Memorial 22nd annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., May 27, 2019. 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 Rear Admiral Melissa Bert, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, Headquarters, United States Coast Guard. Admiral Bert has a distinguished 32-year career in the Coast Guard serving operational tours ashore and afloat and well as prestigious legal tours as a judge advocate general and military judge. Prior to assuming her current position, Admiral Bert was the Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters United States Northern Command, where she was responsible for homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities for North America, as well as theatre security cooperation with Mexico and The Bahamas.




Special Exhibit – “A New Generation of Warriors”

Join us at our special exhibit that pays tribute to the women who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. “A New Generation of Warriors” 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. 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 170 military women who have lost their lives in these most recent wars.




22nd Annual Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues Women in the Military Wreath Laying Ceremony

May 16, 2019

We welcome you to join us for this event. More information to come…




Special Exhibit Opening, Reception and Program

“Shooter: Combat from Behind the Camera”
November 16-18, 2019
Stacy Pearsall
Air Force Veteran and Combat Photographer

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Stacy Pearsall, retired Air Force combat photographer and founder of the Veterans Portrait Project (VPP), joined us at the Memorial on November 16-18, 2018

Stacy shared stories about her own service and her inspiration to launch VPP – 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.

On November 17 and 18, Stacy photographed 36 women veterans for VPP. This was the first time Pearsall photographed veterans at the Women’s Memorial.

Stacy is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation with Valor for combat actions in Iraq. Her photography from her tours of duty has led to international acclaim, including multiple prestigious awards and exhibitions.

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




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.




Memorial Day Weekend Activities

AUGUST 2018

August 13: Exhibit Opening in Honor of 100th Anniversary First Women Enlisting in the Marines, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. You are invited to the opening of a special exhibition chronicling 100 years of service by Women Marines throughout history.

Special Guest and Keynote Speaker:

Lieutenant General Loretta “Lori” Eleanor Reynolds, Deputy Commandant for Information, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps and Commander of Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command. This event is free but we ask that you kindly RSVP to attend by clicking to register through EventBrite here. If you have any questions related to the event, please contact Marilla Cushman: 703-533-1155, ext. 109

If you are unable to attend, watch the event live on the Women’s Memorial Facebook page.

This event is in partnership with the VA Center for Women Veterans, the Women Marines Association and the Veteran’s Canteen Service, and select exhibit photographs courtesy of The Washington Post.


SEPTEMBER 2018

September 24: Nebraska All-Woman Patriot Flight

Patriotic Productions of Omaha, NE, raised funds and organized trip for women veterans to visit the Memorial.


May 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 media@womensmemorial.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.


Hours of Operation at the Women’s Memorial

The Women In Military Service For America Memorial is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2015 Friends of the Women’s Memorial Fundraising Campaign

The Women’s Memorial annual “Friends of the Women’s Memorial” letter this year was both mailed and e-mailed a few weeks ago. Many thanks to those of you who’ve already donated to this major fundraising effort. It means so much and every dollar helps, especially at this time as we struggle to keep the doors open. For those of you still waiting to respond, it’s not too late to give. Donations may be mailed in the envelope provided or you can give online by clicking here. Please let us know if you would like us to resend the e-mail. Your donation, large or small, is critical at this time. Thank you for your support of the Women’s Memorial.

Remembering the Women’s Memorial During This Year’s CFC Campaign

The 2015-16 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kicked-off in September. As you make your charitable giving plans for this year, remember that the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc., (CFC# 11350) is one of the charities that federal employees can choose for their donations. Full Story

Submit Your Photos for the Women’s Memorial 2016 Special Edition Calendar by Oct. 9

It’s that time of year when we are busy working on our Special Edition Calendar. You can be a part of the 2016 calendar by submitting your photos of service, past and present, for consideration. Full Story

Valor Run 10 Miler/5K Anniversary Run

There is still time to register for the Valor Run 10 Miler/5K Virtual Anniversary Run scheduled for 10 a.m. (EDT)/7 a.m. (PDT), October 17. Full Story

Children of the April Rain Production

The Women’s Memorial Foundation is honored to host the Washington, DC, debut of “Children of the April Rain,” a two-act production chronicling the story of the women and men who, before the Fall of Saigon, struggled to save the lives of more than 2,500 babies and children in harm’s way. Full Story

Women’s Memorial Veterans Day Observance

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the 18th annual Women’s Memorial Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11, 2015, at 3 p.m. Full Story

“Hello Girls” Coming to the Memorial

We are pleased to announce that we are working with the wonderfully talented storyteller Ellouise Schoettler to bring a presentation of her one-woman show “The Hello Girls: The Army’s Secret Weapon of World War I,” to the Women’s Memorial. Full Story

Women’s Memorial Foundation is a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner

The Women’s Memorial Foundation is honored to be an official participant in the Commemorative Partner Program for the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. Full Story

Tell 3 Women—Pay Forward the Legacy Registration Campaign Underway

Tell 3 Women—Pay Forward the Legacy is the Women’s Memorial Foundation’s latest effort to help the nation’s nearly 3 million women veterans, past and present, take their rightful place in history. Full Story