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10-31-03, 06:51 AM
Vietnam Women's Memorial Celebrates 10th Anniversary


Thousands Expected for Four-Day Veterans Day Weekend Celebration

Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2003-This Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2003, marks
the 10th anniversary of the historic dedication of the Vietnam Women's
Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. The Vietnam Women's Memorial
Foundation, Inc.,(formerly "Project") will commemorate the day with a
host of events for women and men veterans of the Vietnam era, their
families, friends and the general public.

According to Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation (VWMF) Founder and
President, Diane Carlson Evans, R.N., thousands of women veterans are
expected in Washington, D.C., to join in the four-day Veterans Day
weekend celebration Nov. 8-11. The anniversary provides an opportunity
for women veterans to continue to reflect on what was for many, one of
the most pivotal experiences of their lives.

Over 265,000 military women served America all over the world during the
Vietnam era. Approximately 11,000 military women were stationed in
Vietnam during the war. Ninety percent of them were nurses-the youngest
and most inexperienced group of American medical personnel ever to serve in
wartime. All were volunteers. In addition to the military women, an
unknown number of civilian women also volunteered to serve in Vietnam as
news correspondents and workers for the Red Cross, the USO, Special
Services, the American Friends Service Committee, Catholic Relief
Services and other humanitarian organizations. The memorial honors every
woman who served during that time.

"Through the years, I have found that when people are educated about the
voluntary presence of young American women during the Vietnam War, it
deepens their perspective on that era," says Evans, who served
in-country as an Army nurse from 1968-9. "The statue of women at the
Vietnam Memorial site shows the human face of love and care that did
indeed exist even in the midst of great trauma and suffering."

On Veterans' Day 1993, the dedication of the Vietnam Women's Memorial
opened the hearts and collective understanding of millions of Americans and
people around the world. Many women veterans had never told their friends,
colleagues or even loved ones about their tour of duty in Vietnam. The
presence of the memorial on the National Mall has helped many of these
women to encounter, reexamine and become more peaceful about this part
of their lives. Thousands visit Santa Fe sculptor Glenna Goodacre's
heroic-size bronze monument every year and are inspired by its legacy of
healing and hope not only for the nation, and for them personally, as

The work of the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation continues to educate
America about the presence of women in America's Vietnam era story. Over
the years, the VWMF has responded to hundreds of requests from students,
faculty, authors, artists, filmmakers and the media. The VWMF also
facilitates research concerning women who served, participates in
educational programs, and provides consultation on projects and papers.

The VWMF's 10th Anniversary Celebration will feature a Candlelight
Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. (EST), Nov. 10 at the Vietnam Women's Memorial
followed by a Native American Round Dance. Later that evening, veterans will gather
for "A Rock & Roll Reunion" at the DMZ to Delta Dance 8 p.m. to
Midnight, at the Holiday Inn Roslyn across the Key Bridge in Virginia.
On Veterans' Day, at 7:30 - 8:00a.m., the names of the women who died in
Vietnam and since the end of the war will be read at the Vietnam Women's
Memorial. The stories of Vietnam veterans who are represented in the
Vietnam Women's Memorial, will come to life when "in their own voices"
as these men and women express their feelings and experiences through
poetry, song and speeches at the women's statue throughout the day. At
1:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and
the National Park Service, Diane Carlson Evans, R.N., will introduce
special guest speakers and performing artists who will pay tribute to
women veterans during the Veteran's Day ceremony at the Wall.

For a complete schedule of Anniversary events hosted by the Vietnam
Women's Memorial Foundation and other veterans' organizations, and for
additional information about the VWMF, please visit our web site at

Vietnam Women's Memorial
10th Anniversary Celebration
Schedule of Events

Saturday November 8th:
" Reunion: Super Sailors of Key West Outward Bound, location & time TBA
" Reunion: 85th Evacuation Hospital Hospitality Suite opens 4 PM, Washington Marriott
" The Play: "A Piece of My Heart", 7 PM, Women in Military Service to America, Arlington National Cemetery, visit the VWMF website or email wimsa@aol.com for ticket information.

Sunday November 9th:
" Reunion: 312th Evacuation Hospital, Washington Marriot, Time TBA
" The Play: "A Piece of My Heart", 2 PM, Women in Military Service to America, Arlington National Cemetery.
" Service at the National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, NW, 3-4
PM in celebration of women during the Vietnam Era.
" Reunion: 85th Evacuation Hospital, Dinner, Time and place TBA

Monday November 10th:
" Library of Congress Veterans History Project, 8 AM to 4 PM, Washington
Marriott. Interviews by appointment. Contact VWMF.
" Celebration Luncheon, sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America,
11AM-2PM, Hamilton Crowne Plaza, Speaker, Ms Cokie Roberts, Tickets:
$30. Call (800) 882-1316.
" Reunion: 2nd Surgical Hospital, Luncheon, 11:30AM to 2 PM, Army Navy
Club on Farragut Square
" Circle of Sisters meets at The Wall, 4PM, for a special ceremony.
" Candlelight Ceremony, 6 PM, Vietnam Women's Memorial
" "A Rock & Roll Reunion" at the DMZ to Delta Dance 8 PM to Midnight,
Holiday Inn Roslyn at Key Bridge. $25. Visit the VWMF website for the
ticket order form or call (703) 912-1681.

Tuesday November 11th:
" Reading of names of women veterans who have died, 7:30 AM, at the
Vietnam Women's Memorial
" Storytelling: "In Their Own Words," 8 AM to 12 PM and 2:30 PM to 5 PM,
Vietnam Women's Memorial
" A Color Guard Review, 11AM to 12PM, Vietnam Women's Memorial and
Mall area
" Ceremony at The Wall with wreath laying, 1PM, with special guest
speakers and music.
" Ceremony at the Women in Military Service to America Memorial, 4 PM,
Arlington National Cemetery.

For more information on the events please visit
www.vietnamwomensmemorial.org or call (866) 822-8963, or email