The Women in Military Service For America Memorial Foundation maintains and operates the Memorial Education Center; manages a world-class archive of documents, artifacts and memorabilia related to women’s service in defense of our nation; conducts a world-wide education program for children and adults; operates a speakers bureau; and hosts a variety of seminars, programs, and activities at the Memorial.
In addition, a primary mission of the Foundation and a major continuing effort is to identify and register with the Memorial the over two million women who have served or are serving in all branches of the US Armed Forces. Some 250,000 women, about 13 percent of those eligible, have registered or been registered by family or friends.
Total cost of the Memorial was $22 million. In building the Memorial, support came from federal grants; proceeds from the sales of commemorative silver dollars; and corporate, organization and individual donations.
Groundbreaking for the Memorial was June 22, 1995. Dedication was October 18, 1997. The Women’s Memorial officially opened to the public on October 20, 1997.
For a timeline history of women in the Armed Forces, please go to http://womensmemorial.org/Education/timeline.html. And to access the home page of Women In Military Service For America Memorial, please go to http://www.womensmemorial.org/.