The Military Womens Memorial for 9.11 ceremonies concluded a 177 mile run to preserve the memory of the 177 servicewomen who laid down their lives in response to 9.11. The run concluded at the gates to the Cemetery where CWS Phyllis J. Wilson, the new Foundation President gave a speech to the assembled group. Ms. Karen Durham-Aguilera, Executive Director of Army Cemeteries spoke followed by Alan Wallace, a Ft. Meyer fire fighter and first responder who said the Pledge of Allegiance. Alan was one of the firefighters on duty 9.11.
I met briefly with the new Executive Director Cathleen Pearl and former Director Donna Houle who generously gave Honor Flight Chicago shelter in a horrendous rainstorm a couple of years ago! We filled the auditorium! She has been the backbone of the Memorial and has been promoted up the hill. However, the new Director Cathleen Pearl is looking forward to seeing Honor Flights rain or shine!
The ceremony was closed down with a beautiful rendition of Taps by SSG Alicia Eisenstadt, USA. US ARMY BAND