After a six-month partial renovation, the Military Women’s Memorial (MWM), which is the only national memorial that honors all women’s military service, will reopen its doors to the public this Memorial Day weekend. The doors will be open to the public on Friday, May 27. They will also feature the Mindful Memorial Day interactive yellow-ribbon exhibition. This is a tribute to the 7,024 military personnel who have died since 9/11.
MWM will host its 25th Annual Memorial Day Program on Monday, May 30. It will include formal military honors, remarks by military women from each of the six branches, and the signature rose petal ceremony to honor the fallen.
“Our Memorial Day program in Washington is one of the most important Memorial Day programs in the country’s capital to remember and honor those who have fallen in service to this nation,” stated Phyllis Wilson (MWM president) and retired Army CW5. “We are humbled and grateful for the sacrifices and service of so many people and feel privileged to offer this annual public recognition right here at Arlington National Cemetery, America’s most sacred ground. We look forward to sharing this important national observance and welcoming them back to the Memorial.
Memorial Day is free and open to the public. It will begin at 3:00 pm and be followed by an open house in the newly renovated Memorial.
The Memorial and its 33,000-square-foot education center tell the collective story about women’s contributions to the nation. But the heart of the Memorial is the Register, which contains the records of service, and the individual stories, of more than 300,000. The Military Women’s Memorial estimates that three million women served in the Revolutionary War. Its goal is to record all of its services. Register online or on-site.
This year marks 25 years of the Military Women’s Memorial. A series of initiatives and events will be held throughout the year culminating in a weekend at the Memorial on October 14-16 2022.