Members and Friends Get the Job Done
Just as you answered the call to serve your country, many Memorial members and friends recently answered a different call—one to serve their Memorial. This summer the Foundation enlisted the help of our members and friends for two unique projects—and your response was overwhelming!
Ceremonial State Flag Project
In mid-July, we announced our need to complete a set of ceremonial state flags for permanent display in the Memorial Education Center theater. Begun as a project with our partners at the Vietnam Veterans of America in 2003, flags from 38 states were received the first year, leaving only 12 states unaccounted for. Within hours of publishing our first story about this project, you took action and offers began pouring in. Some of you saw this as an opportunity to give something back to your Memorial and made private donations. Some members arranged to have flags donated on behalf of veterans’ organizations. One of you arranged to a make flag donation to honor a women veteran. Still others worked with their local or state governments to arrange for donations. Less than one month after publishing the list of states from which flags were still needed, members and friends of the Memorial from across the nation completed our set of flags. Everyone was so eager to participate in this project that we have received offers for additional flags from several states. These alternate flags will be kept in reserve.
Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes out to all of our flag donors:
AK — The University of Alaska at Anchorage
ID — (1) ANG CMSgt Cynthia Krapff; (2) USAF MSgt Susan Broemeling
HI — USCG veteran Robbie Fee-Thomson, USCG veteran Corina Bruckner, USCG GM1 Kilohana Akim, Macie Boyd and USAF Col Gail Wojtowicz
KY — (1) Retired USA 1SG Pam Luce and the KY Department of Veterans Affairs; (2) Donna L. (Sayer) Snyder
MI — USMC veteran Mary Ann Merritt and the MI Women Marines Association
MS — Cherilyn Jones
ND — (1) Noreen Bartlett and the ND Department of Veterans Affairs; (2) Veronica Vanden Bout; (3) VFW Post #1874 and Ladies Auxiliary, Grand Forks
NH — Retired USN LCDR Susan Berry and the Office of the Governor
NM — (1) Retired USAF NC BrigGen Carmelita Schimmenti; (2) Retired USN HM1 Cecelia Fuller
RI — USN veteran Ginny Hanson and Ocean State Unit #118 of WAVES National
SD — Shirley Redmond and the SD Department of Veterans Affairs
WY — The Office of Senator Michael B. Enzi
Commissary Campaign Volunteers
In early August, the Foundation, in partnership with C. Lloyd Johnson, Co. Inc., asked Memorial members for their support during the annual “Salute Women in the Military” campaign underway at commissaries worldwide. In a first-ever venture to heighten awareness about the campaign, the Foundation and C. Lloyd Johnson teamed up to seek the assistance of servicewomen and women veterans to staff display booths at the commissaries. In just one week, some 150 of you volunteered to hand out coupons and flyers and to meet and greet shoppers at their local commissaries.
Still many others from points around the globe wrote to us, asking if their commissaries would be participating because they would like to help. The sheer numbers of members willing and ready to help with this project prevent us from listing each one individually, our deepest gratitude and thanks goes out to each of you.