Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tribute to gay veterans discharged under DADT

I received the following email which I spoke about with Bruce & Dan on the last Gay Patriot's America podcast:

Dear Servicemembers, Veterans and Supporters,

Servicemembers United (formerly Call to Duty) is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign, Log Cabin Republicans, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and the Liberty Education Forum for a three-day tribute on the National Mall to honor the 12,000 Americans who have been discharged under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law since its inception.

One American flag will be placed on the Mall for each discharged service member. These flags will stand as a testament to the waste caused by this discriminatory law, and will serve as the backdrop for a series of events honoring LGBT Americans' service, their sacrifice, and their fight to serve with dignity.
12,000 Flags for 12,000 Patriots Display
Friday November 30 - Sunday December 2, 2007
The National Mall, between 7th and 14th Streets

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Community Happy Hour (w/ light appetizers)
Friday November 30 at 6 pm
Bar Helix, 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington DC

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Community Conference
Saturday December 1 at 9 am
HRC's Equality Forum, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington DC

Army-Navy Game Football Party
Saturday December 1 at 12 pm
Nellie's Sportsbar, 900 U Street NW, Washington DC

Military Chaplains' Prayer Service
Sunday December 2 at 11 am
National Mall

We will need volunteers throughout the weekend. If you're interested in supporting these events as a volunteer, please contact HRC staffer Antonio Agnone at antonio.agnone@hrc.org. Please feel free to direct any other questions you may have about any of these events to info@servicemembersunited.org.

We hope you will join us and our partner organizations in celebrating the service of LGBT Americans and in calling for the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

J. Alexander Nicholson III
Executive Director
Veteran, U.S. Army

I will be there giving my own support and will report on the event at this blog and over on Gay Patriot. If you are able to, please join us.