Women in Military Service for America Memorial closes amidst COVID-19 outbreak

Kaylah Jackson
March 16, 2020 - 4:15 pm

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The Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C., is following suit of other memorials and museums in the nation's capital by temporarily closing due to concerns of the spread of the coronavirus.

The Women in Military Service Memorial, also known as WIMSA, was dedicated in 1997 and remains the only national memorial dedicated to the service of military women. The exhibits within the memorial chronicle various experiences of military women during the Civil War to the present day.

"The health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is a top priority," the memorial staff said in a release.

Last week several other institutions in Washington, D.C., including Smithsonian museums, zoos, and the Arlington National Cemetery, made decisions to temporarily close their grounds.

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It's unclear how long the memorial will be closed but the staff says all events at WIMSA scheduled through the end of March are canceled. 

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