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30th Anniversary of the Vietnam Women's Memorial

A Weekend of Commemoration

This Veterans Day weekend, all are invited to join in a series of deeply meaningful events to mark the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial's dedication. These events are held in honor of the 265,000 brave women—both military personnel and civilians—who served during the Vietnam era. The weekend promises reflection, remembrance, and recognition through several ceremonies and storytelling sessions.

Event Itinerary  

    1. Candlelight Ceremony
  • Date & Time: Friday, November 10, 2023, at 6:00 PM
  • Location: Vietnam Women's Memorial statue
  • Details: The weekend's events will commence with a candlelight ceremony at the statue, providing a serene enviroment to reflect on the sacrifices made by countless women during the Vietnam era.

    2. Storytelling Program
  • Date & Time: Saturday, Veterans Day, November 11, 2023, from 10:00 AM to noon
  • Location: Vietnam Women's Memorial statue
  • Details: This program offers a platform for sharing and listening to profound stories of service and sacrifice, fostering a deeper understanding of the experiences of women who served.

    3. Veterans Day Ceremony: Observance at the Wall
  • Date & Time: Saturday, Veterans Day, November 11, 2023, at 1:00 PM
  • Location: Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Details: The annual Observance at the Wall this year will be particularly special, dedicated to commemorating the Vietnam Women’s Memorial’s 30th anniversary. The ceremony will be presided over by Dr. Sharon R. Bannister, Major General, USAF (ret.), with keynote speaker Diane Carlson Evans, founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. Notable speakers also include Jim Knotts and Janis Nark.

These anniversary events, open to all, will unfold on the sacred grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. They are not just ceremonies but are avenues to acknowledge and resonate with the experiences, courage, and contributions of women during a pivotal era.

Additional Information:  

For more details on the memorial, related educational programs, ongoing research on women veterans of the Vietnam era, and ways you can contribute, visit the Vietnam Women’s Memorial official website at www.VietnamWomensMemorial.org. To delve into the journey of the memorial’s founder, Diane Carlson Evans, and her relentless pursuit for recognition of these brave women, visit www.dianecarlsonevans.com.

About the Organizers:  

The Vietnam Women’s Memorial Advisory Group, in association with Eastern National, continues its commitment to honoring the women of the Vietnam era. Eastern National, a non-profit cooperating association, has been instrumental in promoting public understanding and support of America’s national parks and other public trust partners.

Join in this heartfelt homage to the women who have served — their stories are an integral part of our history and continue to shape our future.




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