I have the honor to officially announce that Wings Across America's 'FLYGIRLS OF WWII' traveling WASP exhibit will open at the WIMSA MEMORIAL on ***NEW DATE: NOVEMBER 14, 2008 (to be on display thru March (Women's History Month), 2009. This wonderful opportunity comes after several months of conversations and a lot of prayer. This week we received the following official statement:
"The Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation is delighted with the opportunity to showcase the Women Airforce Service Pilots at the Women's Memorial. It is a great honor for us to open the FLYGIRLS exhibit on ***NEW DATE*** NOVEMBER 14, 2008, *** the 11th Anniversary of the Memorial's dedication. We've always tried to do something special on that date and I can't think of anything more fitting than honoring the WASP in this way during their 66th Anniversary year. "
Brig Gen Wilma L. Vaught, USAF (Ret.)
Women's Memorial Foundation President.
WHAT A PRIVILEGE AND WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY!
WE ARE SO EXCITED—AND HOPE YOU SHARE OUR ENTHUSIASM!
WIMSA is a WORLD CLASS NATIONAL MEMORIAL, and it will be an honor to take this exciting exhibit to our nation's capital and share it with America. After the Flygirls of WWII Exhibit was held over twice (due to popular demand) at the Mayborn Museum in Waco, we consider this invitation to WIMSA as an extraordinary opportunity—and the most important first step on a NATIONAL FLYGIRLS TOUR.
However, since WIMSA is a memorial and not a museum, there are some major unforseen expenses, which will be our responsibility. This includes shipping costs, shipping crates, insurance, display cases for mannequins and historical memorabilia. Ordinarily, museums can provide shipping costs and display cases, but this is a special circumstance and it requires extra effort, planning and dollars.
So, we need some help, or, you might say, we need a little " WIND beneath our wings!" If you can help, or if you know of any person, organization, business or corporation that might be willing to help, we would be so grateful if you would forward this message on to them or let us know. (Every donation is 501c3 tax deductible.)
You may ask how I can announce that we will be going to Washington, DC, even when we haven't raised the money to do it? Because I believe that this is absolutely the right thing to do! With your help, we WILL make this happen.
Meantime, please feel free to forward this to your email lists and give them an opportunity to help. Every donation will make a difference!
Flygirls link for more information and photos of exhibit:
Article on Wings Across America & Flygirls exhibit: http://wingsacrossamerica.us/news/wingandaprayer/index.htm
Donations may be made to: WINGS ACROSS AMERICA
WINGS ACROSS AMERICA
2911 Wooded Acres
Waco, Texas 76710
OR, by phone to:
Baylor University Development
option #4--please designate 'for WINGS ACROSS AMERICA'
THANKS so much for your support and for your prayers and encouragement!
I'll keep you updated.
Nancy Parrish, Director
Wings Across America