Your support is critical to the ongoing operations and mission of America’s only national memorial to honor and tell the story of the 3 million women who have served in her defense. Capturing and preserving her story, our legacy, through stories of service and sacrifice is integral to our national history and pride, and inspiring future generations of leaders, trailblazers, and changemakers. Your support makes a difference – igniting the spark, one story at a time.

The Military Women’s Memorial operates thanks to the generosity of donors like you—many of whom are the very women the Memorial celebrates. The Memorial is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, not a federal facility. For more information, please contact the Military Women’s Memorial at 703-822-7270 or [email protected].


MWM Register Profile of SSG Maryellen Simpson
MWM Register Profile of SSG Maryellen Simpson

Matchmaker Challenge

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A Legacy of Love

In honor and memory of WWII Army Veteran SSG Maryellen Simpson and Barbara Simpson                                                                                       

Barbara Simpson did not serve in the military, yet she was a steadfast supporter of the Military Women’s Memorial. She was a Circle Guardian, a friend of the Memorial during the best and worst of times. Why would someone dedicate their unwavering support to a Memorial that has nothing to do with them? Or does it? The Memorial was her mother’s Memorial and passion, and so it became Barbara’s passion – a way to celebrate her mother’s service with her, honor her accomplishments, and ensure her legacy would live on.                                                              
WWII Army veteran, SSG Maryellen (Hagan) Simpson served as a member of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and Women’s Army Corps (WAC) from 1943 to 1945. She was a Charter Member of the Memorial and so proud to know that there was a national memorial that honored her service and that of her sisters-in-arms. Barbara, her daughter, honored her mother by registering her in the Memorial’s Register, a national database containing the service and stories of more than 308,500 women who served and are serving their nation. Even after her mother passed, Barbara continued to support the Memorial, as it was a passion she too embraced – a tangible way to remember her mother.                                                                 
Sadly, Barbara passed away recently. She left a bequest to the Memorial in memory of her mother, Maryellen. This gift to the Memorial was important to Barbara – a gift to remember her mother, their shared passion, and her heritage. Barbara was comforted knowing her mother’s legacy would live on in perpetuity at HER Memorial.                                                                           
Barbara’s cousin Susan, who represents the family, wanted to ensure that Barbara’s gift to the Memorial had the greatest impact possible. She chose to fund the 2023 MWM Matchmaker Challenge, a 2-week long challenge to servicewomen, veterans, mothers and daughters, friends of servicewomen, and supporters of strong women to support the Memorial with a donation. The family also strongly encourages participants to register themselves and their loved ones at the Memorial. Fittingly, this 2-week, $25,000 challenge will end on Women’s Equality Day – the perfect day to celebrate the women in our lives.                                              
When you donate to the 2023 MWM Matchmaker Challenge on or before Women’s Equality Day, your donation will be matched by Barbara Simpson’s estate in memory of her mother. For every $1 donated, the Hagan/Simpson family will match the donation, up to $7,500 in total. If we reach our goal of $25,000 in matchmaker donations by Women’s Equality Day, August 26, 2023, they will donate an additional $2,500!                                                    
We are extremely grateful to Barbara and Maryellen Simpson for not only their generous donation, but also their passion for and support of the Memorial, and the legacy they are leaving for their family, the next generation of military women, and mothers and daughters everywhere. A true legacy of love.                          

Triple Your Impact. Ask your company to match your gift to the Military Women’s Memorial, a nonprofit 501(c)(3). 


Please help the Military Women’s Memorial reach its goal of preserving the history of women who have served our country. 


You can ensure future generations learn about service and sacrifice. Impact the lives of others for years to come by remembering the Memorial in your will and estate plan. 


Your donation makes possible the important work of preserving for future generations the rich story of women’s service to the nation’s defense. 


We need your help to #TellHerStory. Give back by volunteering with visitor engagement, at special events or at the Foundation office.

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To:Military Women’s Memorialor Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation 

Mail to: 200 N. Glebe Road, Suite #400, Arlington, VA 22203 

Wreaths Across America

For every wreath purchased in support of the Military Women’s Memorial, Wreaths Across America donates a portion of the proceeds to our mission. Sponsor a wreath today and help us reach our goal of honoring every veteran at the cemetery by clicking here.

Amazon Wishlist 

Amazon is an easy way to support the Military Women’s Memorial! Not only does it take a village to keep the efforts of the Military Women’s Memorial going, but also needed are a great deal of operational materials. Check out our Amazon Wishlist below, where you can easily purchase and donate an item that the Memorial needs, directly from Amazon!


As a Memorial donor or volunteer, your gift may be eligible to be matched by your employer or the company from which you retired. Many community-minded companies match their employees’ donations to organizations like the Military Women’s Memorial. While most programs match contributions dollar for dollar, some will even double or triple the amount of the gift. Check with your employer’s website or Human Resources Department to get started. 


Gifts made through stocks need to include the name of the donor, name of stock, number of shares, market value, ticker symbol, cost basis and donor intent/restrictions. It must be completed by end of business Dec. 31 to be considered a gift made this year.  


With recent changes to the tax law, the IRA Charitable Rollover (Qualified Charitable Distribution) provision allows individuals who have reached age 70½ to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) without treating the distribution as taxable income. Please contact your tax advisor if you would like to take advantage of this provision. The Military Women’s Memorial is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  The full legal name of the Women’s Memorial is “Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation Inc.” (EIN: 52-1513535)

For more information on making donations, please contact the Military Women’s Memorial at 703-822-7270 or [email protected]. Thank you!