IMMEDIATE RELEASE





Press Release

November 6, 2003

No. 03-42

Contact:
Mokie Porter

(240) 485-1600 or
(301) 585-4000
Ext. 146


VVA TO HAVE PIVOTAL ROLE IN WOMEN’S MEMORIAL
AND VETERANS DAY ACTIVITIES

(Washington, D.C.) – Vietnam Veterans of America will host events honoring the tenth anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., beginning on Saturday, November 8, and continuing through Veterans Day, November 11. “VVA has always been a leader in women veterans’ issues,” said Marsha Four, the chair of VVA’s Women’s Veterans Committee, “and we are continuing that leadership during this special Veterans Day commemoration and remembrance in Washington.” 

VVA will set up a tent on the Mall near the Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Women’s Memorials. The tent will provide information on women veterans’ issues. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 9, VVA will hold a one hour service at the National City Christian Church at 5 Thomas Circle in Washington, in celebration of women who served during the Vietnam era. 

On November 10, beginning at 11:00 a.m., our keynote speaker, Lt. Col. Janis Nark, a veteran of the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm, will address those attending the Celebration Luncheon at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel in Washington. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi will attend this event.

At 10:00 a.m. on November 11, Color Guard units will pass in review at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. 

“I’m proud to say that VVA members and chapters contributed to the creation of this tribute and to aspects of its design. It was a struggle to convince those who opposed the idea of honoring the women who served with us,” said VVA national president Thomas H. Corey. “It will be an honor to join with our fellow Vietnam veterans, men and women, to commemorate the memorial’s tenth anniversary and to honor the sacrifices of the women who served in the Vietnam War.” 

For a complete schedule of other Washington, D.C., Veterans Day activities go to http://www.vva.org/veterans_day/2003 

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