The Living Wall of Honor Exhibit at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Highlights 160 Military Women Who Lost Their Lives in the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
(Left) Lieutenant Colonel Paula Smith, USA places a plant in the Code of Support Foundation’s Living Wall to honor one of the fallen female service members who lost their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
(Right) Lieutenant Colonel Andy Kaufmann, USA Ret. places a plant in the Code of Support Foundation’s Living Wall to honor one of the fallen Post-9/11 female service members. Displayed behind LTC Kaufmann to the right are the faces of the 160 women service …
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Code of Support Foundation (COSF) unveiled its new exhibit, The Living Wall of Honor, at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, on Thursday, September 11, 2014. A custom structure of more than 700 indoor plants, The Living Wall pays tribute to the 160 military women who have lost their lives since 9/11 in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Since 2010, the Code of Support Foundation has worked to unite civilians with today’s military service members, veterans and their families whose lives are integrally connected to our local communities,” said COSF Board Trustee retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Irene Trowell-Harris. “The Living Wall of Honor is a unique memorial to our nation’s fallen heroes from the past 13 years of war, and this new exhibit provides an opportunity for every American to recognize today’s military women and their ultimate sacrifice.”
Guests attending the unveiling completed the exhibit by placing the final 160 plants into the Living Wall to honor the service of those military women who were also daughters, sisters, mothers, wives and friends. Each of the plants featured the image and name of servicewoman. Participants included Gold Star parents of Army Specialist Toccara R. Green, (OIF) who lost her life in 2005 during her second deployment to Iraq.
“We are honored to have the Code of Support Foundation bring the Living Wall of Honor to the Women’s Memorial,” said retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, president of the Women’s Memorial Foundation. “There is no more fitting place to honor the contributions and sacrifice of these women patriots than this major national memorial to their service and that of the some 3 million other women who have served in the nation’s defense.”
Representatives from the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and American Nurses Foundation were all in attendance. The Living Wall of Honor was designed by Green Living Technologies International and the indoor annuals provided by The Home Depot Foundation. The Living Wall of Honor exhibit will remain at The Women’s Memorial through October.
The Code of Support Foundation (COFS) was established in 2010 by retired Army Maj. Gen. Alan B. Salisbury with the mission to engage and leverage the full spectrum of the nation’s resources for service members, veterans and their families to receive the support they need and have earned through their service and sacrifice. http://www.codeofsupport.org
Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation
The Women’s Memorial Foundation built and now maintains and operations the Women’s Memorial, the only major national memorial to tell the story of the some 3 million women who’ve served in America’s defense, beginning with the American Revolution. The Memorial and its 33,000 sq. ft. education center are located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery. http://www.womensmemorial.org
Green Living Technologies, International (GLTI) designs products and provides services that simplify the implementing of environmental technologies for Green Roofs, Green Walls and Vertical Agriculture. The products are all developed in the USA and empower local businesses and communities to create eco-friendly, sustainable environments. http://agreenroof.com
The Home Depot
Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work. Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $70 million to provide safe housing to veterans, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 12,000 homes for veterans. http://www.homedepotfoundation.org