Ceremony celebrates women veterans

Thursday, September 15, 2011

On Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Rose Petal Memorial Service and Women Veterans Appreciation Lunch will honor women who have served their country. Held at the Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center, Draw Bridge Room, 3050 Green Mountain Drive, Branson, the event is open to women and men who wish to honor women veterans.

Amy Bennett, Missouri Women Veterans Coordinator, will speak at the Rose Petal Service. Bennett has been with the Missouri Veterans Commission since 2010, first as a Veterans Service Officer and as of April, 2011, Women Veterans Coordinator. In her current position she conducts outreaches for women veterans in Missouri, prepares reports to include statistical data reflecting the number of women veterans and is senior editor for the quarterly Missouri Women Veterans Newsletter.

Major (Retired) Vicki Lynn Jones, a decorated U.S. Army veteran, will also be speaking at the Women Veterans Appreciation Lunch. She has the distinction of being the first female helicopter pilot in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, and the first Native American female helicopter pilot in both the Oklahoma Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army.

For the seventh year, the service will pay tribute to women by dropping rose petals into water in remembrance of those who gave their lives.

For registration information, contact Barb Riggle at babsriggle@suddenlink.net or bvtf1@suddenlinkmail.com, (417) 339-6823 or (417) 337-8387. The cost of the lunch is $20. The registration form will be on the www.bransonveterans.com website.

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