WVA Chapter 20 is planning a road trip for
this event! Please read all
the way to the bottom of the page for details about how YOU can join
The Women In Military Service For America Memorial
November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
2007, Washington, DC
The Women In Military Service For America Memorial
(WIMSA) is a unique, living memorial honoring all military women - past,
present and future - and is the only major national memorial honoring
women who have served in our nation's defense during all eras and in all
services. The Memorial is
located at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.
Work on the Memorial was in progress for about 11 years and it was
dedicated on October 18, 1997. Some 200,000 people visit the Memorial
annually. This October marks
the 10th anniversary of the WIMSA dedication.
Mark your calendars to join us and other military women, past and
present, along with family members and friends on Nov. 1st, 2nd,
and 3rd for the WIMSA 10th anniversary celebration.
Preliminary plans include a gala on the night of Nov. 1st. This
formal event is planned for the Great Hall of the National Building
Museum, an extraordinary place that has been the site for many
Presidential Inaugural Balls beginning in 1885.
The Reunion Program is being planned for Friday, Nov. 2nd, at the DC
Armory. This event will be a more casual time of fun and camaraderie. At
present, the time is only tentatively set for the late afternoon and early
evening in order to give folks the opportunity for a free evening with old
friends and comrades.
On Saturday, Nov. 3rd, will be the anniversary program,
which is scheduled for early afternoon at the Memorial. This program will
include formal military honors, remarks by former and current military
women representing each of the services, as well as senior Department of
Defense and other government officials.
The closing event will be a candlelight march from the Lincoln
Memorial to the Womenís Memorial, a favorite event for many attending
the dedication celebration 10 years ago.
More specific details will be available over the coming weeks and
months. You can keep informed
of the specifics, reservation information, and other pertinent details
through the WIMSA web site: http://www.womensmemorial.org/index.html.
In the interim, WIMSA is still collecting data about possible
attendance; so if you are even thinking about attending the 10th
Anniversary Celebration, please let them know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 703-533-1155 or 800-222-2294. Please be sure to include your
name. WIMSA would also be interested in getting your thoughts about the
proposed time for the Reunion program on Friday.
Women Veterans of America Chapter 20 is planning a bus trip to DC to
celebrate the 10th anniversary.
We will depart the Nashville VA Medical Center at 6:00 am on
Thursday, November 1st, stopping in Knoxville approximately 4
hours later, to pick up other women veterans from that area.
We will return on Sunday, November 4th, leaving DC at
approximately 7:00 am. If you
wish to travel with us, you are responsible for making your own
arrangements to meet the bus in Nashville or in Knoxville.
No other stops will be made to pick up passengers.
We have contracted with Anchor Tours, Inc. for transportation and
lodging. The price of the
trip will vary somewhat based on the final number of passengers and the
number of persons sharing a room. Estimates
range from around $350 for a four-person room to $650 for a single person
room. These amounts may go up
or come down, depending on the final paid registrations.
The amount paid to Anchor Tours will include the bus, three nights
accommodations, breakfast for three mornings, a 4-hour DC tour, and a
dinner cruise on the Potomac River ONLY.
All other meals and functions will be at each travelerís
expense, as well as any WIMSA events that require registration fees of any
The only requirement for joining us on this trip is that you be a
woman veteran that is affiliated with the Women Veterans Network of the VA
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, OR that you be a member of
Women Veterans of America. If
you are not a member, you can submit your WVA membership application along
with your trip registration. The
registration form can be printed by clicking on the link on this page. For more information, please send an email to: WVAChapter20@aol.com.
Your check or money order made payable to Anchor Tours, Inc.
MUST BE INCLUDED with your registration form for your seat on the
bus to be reserved. Registrations
will be taken in the order that they are received, FIRST COME, FIRST
SERVE. If we have a full bus
when your registration is received, you will be notified and your check or
money order will be returned to you.
Please mail all registrations to WIMSA Trip, WVA Chapter 20, P.O.
Box 121884, Nashville, TN 37212.
We are excited about this trip and expect to have a fantastic time.
If you cannot travel with us, we
encourage other groups of women veterans to band together and make the
journey. Or, travel with your
family or friends. But,
please, if you are a woman veteran and you are physically and financially
able to make the tripóGO! This
will be a wonderful time of celebration for women veterans of all ages and
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!