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Online Women’s Memorial Day Program: May 25, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

Monday, May 25, 2020 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

To prepare for the event, make sure you connect on the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Facebook page.

While everyone cannot come together in person, Memorial leadership is excited and honored to recognize America’s servicemembers with you on Memorial Day and every day.

33 Fallen Service Members June 2018-May 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

Thirty-three volunteer service members lost their lives in overseas conflicts June 2018-May 2019. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) invite all to join them in a moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. local time every Memorial Day. The IAVA “#GoSilent” campaign began in 2011.

Save the Only National Memorial Honoring Women's Military Service

Friday, April 21, 2017 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

The "Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA), women veterans' memorial at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia faces closure nearly 20 years after it was chartered. Commonly known as the "Women's Memorial," it officially opened in October 1997. PRWeb notes that it is the "only national memorial to recognize and honor the service of America's almost 3 million military women who have proudly served since the American Revolution. Initially, Congress earmarked money for the Women's Memorial to assist with operating costs, but in 2010 the Congressional funding stopped." Since 2010, the memorial's doors remained open through personal donations. The "Women's Memorial," partnered with the Academy Women's Military Women eMentor Community to launch a fundraising campaign that began November 4, 2016. The campaign's goal is to raise $20 for every living woman veteran. If the campaign target is met, the $20 million dollars will keep the memorial open for the next 20 years and remain a "rallying point for current military women and a pilgrimage site for women veterans. The Memorial tells the story of women's service to over 150,000 visitors every year and almost 300,000 permanent registrations by current and veteran military women have been recorded and preserved for future generations."

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Women's Memorial Foundation
Dept. 560
Washington, DC 20042-0560

Other questions, call: 800-222-2294 or 703-533-1155

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Documentary Screening and Discussion About Female Veterans (March 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m.)

Friday, February 17, 2017 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

“Soldier On: Life After Deployment” (2016, USA), will be screened at the Strand Theater, 265 Main Street, Rockland, Maine on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m., to kick off Women's History Month 2017. A panel discussion with award-winning filmmaker Susan M. Sipprelle, two of the women featured in her film, and Maine women veterans will follow the screening.

Veterans Day: The One Constant After Election Day

Friday, November 11, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

Columnist Sarah Smiley offers her observations on how little the military and veterans were discussed during the 2016 elections. She notes that regardless of the election outcomes, our military and veterans are still here to do the job the nation asks them to do.

At Togus, a 150-year Evolution of Veterans’ Care (Part 1)

Saturday, September 10, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

Togus is celebrating its 150th anniversary this month. It became the first 'National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers" when Horace Beals' dream of a Maine-based resort failed. It became the "first-of-its-kind veterans’ care facility." Read more history in this and two follow-on articles.

2016 Maine Memorial Day Events

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

Bangor Daily News offers a list of some of the Memorial Day events scheduled in Maine communities.

100-year-old WWII Veteran Honored for Armed Forces Day

Saturday, May 21, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

More than two dozen veterans were recognized at the Southern Maine Agency on Vet-to-Vet ceremony at the Maine Military Museum. One of these veterans was 100 year old Dr. Ruth Endicott Freeman who served overseas during World War II.

Stories of Maine WWII Veterans Recorded by Husson Students for Library of Congress

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

Eight students in the New England School of Communications journalism program at Husson University recorded oral history interviews with World War II veterans that will become part of the nation's Library of Congress Veterans History Project. Jeffrey Hope, a Husson journalism instructor would like to see this initiative grow into a semester-long project for future students.

Decades Later, Vietnam Veterans Welcomed Home to Maine

Sunday, March 20, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - ME

In Saco, Maine, hundreds welcomed home Vietnam veterans in advance of the official Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29th.

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