Military Partners and Families celebrate DADT repeal
September 26, 2011 by Marty Rouse, National Field Director
Like most Americans, staff and volunteers at the Human Rights Campaign have a family connection to someone in the military.
It was not surprising, therefore, to run into several other members of the immediate and extended HRC family at the Women In Military Service Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery this weekend. It was the site of a moving and well-attended reception celebrating the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and honoring the sacrifices made by partners and other family members of people serving in the military.
Military Partners and Families Coalition (www.milpfc.org) organized the event that was kicked-off by a soaring A Cappella version of the Star-Spangled Banner by Sue Fulton, who was recently appointed to the West Point Advisory Board by President Obama.
United States Air Force MSgt Joey Keyes and SSgt Jonathan Mills spoke movingly about the support they received from their families while they were on duty.
While the tone was celebratory, having the event in the Women in Military Memorial which is in the middle of Arlington Cemetery literally and physically bracketed the event with the understanding of the risk our proud servicewomen and men take in order to serve our country.
Thank you all for your service and for helping America live up to her promise of liberty and justice for ALL.