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Wreaths Across America Day

Saturday, December 16, 2023 | Category: History/Heritage - International

Website Description:

‘Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,500 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.’

The laying of wreaths occurs the third Saturday in December annually.

October 18th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Military Women’s Memorial (Chartered 1997)

Friday, September 30, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - National

The Military Women’s Memorial is a one-of-a-kind tribute to America’s Servicewomen, past and present. The Memorial features an education center, interactive exhibits, a world-class collection of military women’s stories.

October 1st is the annual memorial dedication anniversary day.

Independence Day & the Statue of Liberty

Monday, July 4, 2022 | Category: History/Heritage - National

4th of July U.S. Census Bureau "Facts for Features"

Statue of Liberty
The statue's original name was Liberty Enlightening the World.  The statue was given to the United States by the French as a centennial gift in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the July 4, 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The statue arrived in 1885 and in 1886 it was dedicated, ten years after the anniversary.

What does the Statue of Liberty represent?  She is a symbol of the ideals of friendship between nations, freedom from tyranny and oppression, and new beginnings for peoples around the world. 

Emma Lazarus wrote the famous 1883 sonnet which since the early 1900s, is on a bronze plaque in the statue's pedestal.

                 The New Colossus 

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

News: Department of Defense

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | Category: Department of Defense - National

Current and past Department of Defense-released news is posted on this site with "word," "unit," "category," and "date" search capability.

News: U.S. National Guard

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | Category: Department of Defense - National

Current and past U.S. National Guard-released news is posted on this site with search capability.

News: Department of Veterans Affairs

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | Category: Department of Veterans Affairs - National

This link is focused on "Women Veteran" news. "VAntage Point" news is one way to keep up with some of what's happening in the Department of Veterans Affairs. At VAntage Point, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, they intend to stop "that same old way of communicating (or not communicating), toss it out the window, and be engaging not adversarial." See the VAntage "About" page. They want to provide women and men with military service, the nation's veterans, with information that will help and inform them. Their blog news includes a women veteran-focused article archive.

News: Protect Our Defenders

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | Category: Military Justice - National

The "Protect Our Defenders News Blog" posts news relative to their day-to-day work with the "women and men in uniform who have been raped or sexually assaulted by fellow service members. Protect Our Defenders seeks to fix the military training, investigation and adjudication systems related to sexual violence and harassment--systems that often re-victimize assault survivors by blaming them while failing to hold perpetrators accountable."

They work with survivors, have an in-depth understanding of military process and procedure, and respectfully work with others to promote change from within. It is their belief that "it is a human right to work and live in a safe and respectful environment and fostering this environment within the military’s ranks will make the military more effective. Whether advocating for reform, filing a legal brief, providing legal support, or coordinating peer support for survivors; each project and activity manifests POD’s core values."

Nancy Parrish, Founder & CEO, is a human rights activist, philanthropist, and investor. POD President, Don Christensen, Colonel, USAF (Ret.) served as chief prosecutor for the United States Air Force between 2010 and 2014. He served as a trial counsel, defense counsel or military judge for every year of his 23-year career in the United States Air Force. His full bio is posted on the POD site.

News: Service Women's Action Network (SWAN)

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

Founded in 2007, the Service Women's Action Network's (SWAN) "goal is to ensure all service women have access to the information, tools and support they need to reach their personal and professional goals during and following their years of service." SWAN advocated for "opening all military jobs to service women, holding sex offenders accountable in the military justice system, eliminating barriers to disability claims for those who have experienced military sexual trauma, and expanding access to services for a broad range of reproductive healthcare services."

SWAN knows their "work has only just begun." Their Steering Committee includes active duty and veteran servicewomen.

News: Department of Veterans Affairs "Center for Women Veterans"

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

The "Center for Women Veterans" posts "News for Women Veterans" on the page linked below. If you are interested in receiving automatic e-mail or text messaging updates, you can subscribe at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVA/subscriber/new?qsp=USVA_1.

News: Veteran Service Organizations

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | Category: Advocacy/Outreach - National

Visit the following sites for specific veteran service organization news, history and activities.

American Legion: https://www.legion.org/news
American Veterans (AMVETS): https://amvets.org/news-archive/
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA): https://iava.org/blog/
Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. (KWVA): https://kwva.us/?page=home
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW): https://www.vfw.org/media-and-events
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA): https://vva.org/category/web-weekly/



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