Branson Veterans Task Force
Rose Petal Ceremony and Luncheon 2012
Reserve the date today! This year’s Rose Petal Ceremony and Luncheon will be held November 9
at the Stone Castle Hotel. Major General (Retired) Rita Aragon, veteran
and award-winning author Merline Lovelace, and Missouri’s Women
Veterans Coordinator Amy Bennett are all slated to speak at the events.
For more information, contact Barb Riggle at the Branson Veterans Task Force office at 417.337.8387.
2011 Rose Petal Ceremony and Luncheon - Pictures and Notes
May 25, 2012, to Shirley Janes, 10903 Suanis Ct., St. Louis, MO 63123.
Amy Bennett, Women Veteran’s Coordinator for the State of Missouri, was the keynote speaker at the Rose Petal Ceremony. Amy served in the United States Air Force from 1993 – 1997. As an E-4, her job was Inventory Management Specialist.
has been with the Missouri Veterans Commission since 2010, first as a
Veterans Service Officer and as of April, 2011, Women Veterans
Coordinator. In her current position she conducts outreaches for women
veterans in Missouri, prepares reports to include statistical data
reflecting the number of women veterans and is senior editor for the
quarterly Missouri Women Veterans Newsletter.
Major (Retired) Vicki Jones attended Rotary Wing Flight School (helicopter training) at Fort Rucker, Alabama. She graduated as an Army Aviator in September 1982. She has the distinction of being the first female helicopter pilot in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, and the first Native American female helicopter pilot in both the Oklahoma Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army.
Her assignments have included Medical Platoon Leader, Aviation Operations Officer, Battalion S-1 (Personnel Officer), and Recruiting/ Retention Operations Officer. She retired from the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 2007.
holds the Senior Army Aviator Badge with over 1,500 flight hours. She
was the first female soldier to graduate from the Army accredited
Oklahoma National Guard Air Assault School and earned the Air Assault
Badge. Major Jones has also earned the U.S. Army Meritorious Service
Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (4 awards), and the Army Recruiting
Block 2 - Parade - on the Duck - photos taken before the parade
after I left the Rose Petal, I received a phone call from Betty Carroll
in Harrison, AR. She wanted to bring her friend, Miss June, to some of
the women's events. Miss June is a WWII veteran who is currently living
in a nursing home. She is Betty's friend.
She came up for the Women Veteran's Mini-reunion at the Golden Corral and again for the parade. She had the opportunity to meet some of you. I hope she can return next year for the Rose Petal Ceremony. She appears in the photos of the duck.