Planning for the second annual transgender veterans 'March to the Wall' is nearing completion. It is time for those veterans, friends, family and supporters of transgender equality to firm up their plans, fill out the free on-line event registration, and make their all-important hotel reservations while the special TAVA group rate remains in effect.
This year's transgender veterans gathering in Washington, DC, will be expanded to include a stop at the new World War II Memorial. The May 21, 2005 'March to the Wall' will also revisit the Vietnam and Iwo Jima Memorials and culminate with the very emotional and proud experience of dedicating a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
After assessing the success of the first Transgender Veterans March to the Wall held last May, the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) is moving once again to gather transgender veterans in Washington, DC.
The Transgender Veterans March to the Wall, sponsored by the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA), turned out to be a greater success than the planners hoped for. Fifty transgender veterans attended in Washington, DC, many getting their first chance to face the Vietnam Memorial and the friends they lost in that war. Others came because they felt a need to meet with other transgender veterans, to feel close to others who had the same experiences as they did in the military. Attending were veterans from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, the first Gulf War, and all the peace times in between. Ages ranged from 77 to 27 years old.
As the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) prepares for a gathering of transgender veterans and supporters at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, several national organizations have signaled their support. The march will be held on May 1, 2004 to honor all veterans, not just the many transgender people who served our nation with pride and honor.