FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Women Veterans Day Contact: Betty Moseley Brown, 240-291-4700, firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Contact: Kirk Thompson, 210-912-9696, email@example.com
June 05, 2023
Boerne to Host Women Veterans Day Celebration in Veterans Plaza
Guest speakers, monument unveiling, honor, sacrifice, and legacy
of women in the military
BOERNE, Texas –– A special celebration to honor women veterans takes place at Boerne’s Veterans Plaza, 801 S. Main St., 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10—just ahead of Women Veterans Day.
Master of Ceremonies will be Dr. Betty Moseley Brown, USMC, The American Legion Post 313, while guest speakers include Major General Dixie A. Morrow (USAF, Ret) and CWO5 and Gold Star Mother, Candy Martin (USA, Ret). The ceremony will conclude with the playing of Taps and a benediction from MSG Paula Wells (USA, Ret), VFW Post 688.
A highlight of the ceremony will be the unveiling of “Athena’s Prayer,” a bronze monument created by world-renowned artist James N. Muir and recently acquired by the City of Boerne in honor of women veterans. The monument depicts a female soldier just back from battle, helmet protecting her heart, as she gazes skyward.
About Women Veterans Day: It wasn’t until 2018 that Women Veterans Day was recognized, and June 12 was designated to honor women who served in America’s armed forces. Artist James N. Muir’s inspiration for the monument was Army veteran Lt. Tiffany Kravec, who served nine years and two tours in Iraq. During a trip to Washington, D.C., Kravec’s four daughters, after visiting war monuments asked, “where are the female soldiers?” This planted a seed for Kravec, whose research led her to Muir, as she felt he was one of the best to capture emotion in his work. Only three casts exist of “Athena’s Prayer”; the one at Veterans Plaza is the last of the edition and the only one installed in Texas. This important monument will honor women who serve in our armed forces for decades to come.
About Athena’s Prayer: “Athena” is the classical goddess, not only of War but also of Wisdom. A modern Athena, just returned from Battle with the enemies of America, helmet held protecting her heart, looks heavenward in Prayer. She symbolizes the feminine “prudence” to war.
It begs the enigmatic question of “what is her Prayer ?”– the answer to be supplied by the viewer, as a catharsis for helping to heal the individual, and very personal, “wounds of war.” This is a tribute to all the women who have served in America’s Armed Forces throughout our nation’s history. The acquisition was made possible through the collaboration of the City of Boerne, James N. Muir, Johny Rosa of Texas Treasures Fine Arts, and private donors.
About Veterans Plaza: The installation of Athena’s Prayer comes on the heels of the 100th anniversary celebration of Boerne’s Veterans Plaza monument and the park’s designation as a Lone Star Legacy Park in March 2023 by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS). Veterans Plaza is one of the original four park sites in Boerne. The park is filled with a variety of trees and sidewalks and a “Walk of Honor” that leads to the center of the park, where the Veterans War Memorial is located. The park is the site of annual gatherings for Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies. As part of a 2023 update and celebration, the park now features a new interpretive sign with images and timeline that illustrates our local military heritage while honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
MEDIA NOTE: The celebration will include the unveiling and up-close views of Athena’s Prayer, and opportunities to visit with women veterans in attendance.