Archived Events

Memorial Day Weekend Activities


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 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 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

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