Gen. Vaught to speak at museum, RDT

By Dan Hudson
Great Salt Lake Chapter of The Military Order of the World Wars
April 18, 2013

In addition to an appearance at the Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught, will speak at the Hill Aerospace on Thursday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m. She will discuss the history of women in the military and the current topic of women in combat. 

The RDT and the Fort Douglas Museum are honoring Utah women in the military with a threenight concert event, April 11-13. “Women of Valor …In the Spirit of Service” commemorates the 150th Anniversary of Fort Douglas and pays tribute to women who have served selflessly in the community and in the military. 

A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for Wounded Warriors and families of deployed service members. 

Ticket prices for military personnel and dependents have been reduced to $15 for all three nights of the concert. Regular tickets are $30. VIP tickets are available for $75 for the benefit concert held Thursday, April 11, and offer priority seating as well as admission to a post-concert reception featuring honored guests. There is food and drink at the reception. Proceeds from the April 11 benefit performance of Women of Valor will support the Utah Women’s Military Service Memorial at the Fort Douglas Museum. 

Several distinguished women will be honored, including Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Wilma Vaught, U.S. Air Force; president of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, and the guiding force behind the establishment of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery. 

In addition, to the concert, as part of the “Women of Valor” Week in Utah, the Salt Lake City Library will present a free lecture, “Women of World War II” at 7 p.m., Monday, April 8. The speaker is Air Force Col. (Ret.) Stephen C. Hall, currently a senior fellow at L-3 Communications Systems-West (CS-W) in Salt Lake City. The colonel lectures on World War II history at Georgia Tech, Morehouse College, the University of Utah, and to civic audiences in the Salt Lake valley. 

The event at the museum is free and open to the public. The speaking venue is at the very rear of the museum so guests should arrive early to get a good seat. The museum is north of Hill Air Force Base and does not require base access.

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