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VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA TO PARTICIPATE IN WOMEN'S
WASHINGTON, DC— (October 10, 1997)--Vietnam Veterans of America has
been a very strong supporter of the Women in Military Service for America
(WIMSA) Memorial that will be dedicated at the historic gateway to Arlington
National Cemetery on Saturday, October 18.
VVA's Women Veterans Committee has worked closely and diligently with
WIMSA to assure that a significant number of Vietnam-era female veterans
will take part in the historic opening ceremonies, which begin at noon.
About 200 female VVA members are scheduled to participate in the ceremonies.
Also on hand for the occasion will be VVA's executive board--National President
George Duggins, Vice-President Tom Corey, Treasurer Jack McManus, and Secretary
Lupe Alviar--and VVA's 23-member Board of Directors.
Vietnam Veterans of America will host a reception for VVA members and
the public at 8:00 pm on Friday, October 17, at the Holiday Inn, Eisenhower
Metro Center in Alexandria, Virginia, and a breakfast buffet at the Holiday
Inn the next morning prior to the dedication ceremonies. Seventeen homeless
women veterans from New York will be guests of the organization at these
On Sunday, October 19, a group of former nurses from VVA's Women's Committee
will honor their fellow nurses by placing a wreath at Spirit of Nursing
Statue in Arlington National Cemetery as part of WIMSA's "A Time to
Give Thanks: a Wreath Laying Ceremonies."
VVA's invited guest list includes two VVA members who have become leaders
in the Vietnam Veterans movement: Joan Furey, who heads the VA's Center
for Women Veterans, and Diane Carlson Evans, director of the Vietnam Women's
"Vietnam Veterans of America is very proud to be taking part in
this historic occasion," said Agnes Feak, chair of VVA's Women's Veterans
Committee. "Women who served in the Vietnam War, even after more than
two decades, have not received the recognition they so strongly deserve."
Other events include a black-tie gala celebration on Thursday, October
16, at the D.C. National Guard Armory; the seven branch service luncheons
(for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, American Red Cross,
and USA) on Friday, October 17; the "Reunion" reception on Friday,
October 17, at the National Guard Armory; the dedication ceremony; and
Candlelight March and Service of Remembrance on Saturday, October 18.
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