The 2004 AWON National Conference was held in Washington, DC.
Friday, May 28th through Monday, May 31st, 2004.
Pictures and "Schedule of Events" are below.

For nearly 70 pages of DC Conference and Dedication Pictures: Click here!

The illustration of the Memorial and the symbol
our connection is below:

With many thanks to Elaine Ricketson Danks and her family,
please see the daily report (including pictures) from the National Conference
in Washington, D.C. for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.


Click the button above to download a copy of the Final Conference Registration Form.
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AWON Conference Headquarters . . . the JW Marriott . . . 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue.


The JW from out front.

Looking down Pennsylvania Avenue.


The Presidential Suite.


To see maps of downtown Washington, D.C.
including the J.W. and surrounding areas, Click Here!

To connect directly to the JW Marriott Website for more detailed hotel information . . . Click Here!


Note: The AWON Hospitality Room and Bookstore will be open on Friday,
Saturday, and Monday – but will be closed during the dedication, on Sunday,
and during presentations. There will be book signings by the orphan authors
throughout the conference in the Bookstore/Hospitality Room.

8:00AM to 6:00PM
       Registration (Lobby or Salon I)
       Hospitality Room and AWON Bookstore open, except during presentations
9:00 to 9:30AM – (Salon I and II)
       Opening Ceremony
       Presentation of the Colors by the George Washington Naval ROTC Color Guard
       Welcome by Ann Bennett Mix, Founder
       Opening remarks by Patricia Gaffney Kindig, President, Board of Directors
       Introductions by Master of Ceremonies COL Bob Meek, Jr. USAR (Ret)

9:30 to 10:00AM
(Salon I and II)
       Remarks by LTC Johnie E. Webb, USAR (Ret), Senior Advisor to the
            Commanding General, U.S. Pacific Command, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
10:00 to 11:00AM – (Salon I and II)
        Sharing Circles – led by Facilitators
11:00 to 11:30AM –(Salon I and II)
        Keynote Speaker, Senator Bob Dole, Chairman of the National WWII Memorial
Noon to 1:00 PM

       Open– Lunch
1:00 to 2:30PM
– (Salon I and II)
       VIP Reception – WWII Memorial Remarks by Representative Marcy Kaptur

3:00 to 5:00PM
– (Salon I and II)
       Veterans Open House –

       Remarks by Petra Wenstedt, Screaming Eagles of WWII
5:00 to 7:00PM

       Open – Dinner

7:00 to Midnight
– (Salon I and II)
       "As Time Goes By" – Dance to the sounds of the 50s and 60s with DJ Brian Violet

8:00 to 6:00PM
       Registration continues (Lobby or Salon I)
       Hospitality Room and AWON Bookstore open, except during dedication

11 :00AM
– (Salon I)
       Assemble in Salon I for movement to WWII Memorial site

1:30 to 3:30PM
– (on the Mall)
       Dedication of the WWII Memorial on the Mall
5:00 to 7:00PM

       Open – Dinner

       MCI Concert

All Day
Open – Enjoy D.C.

Optional walking tour of the U.S. Navy Memorial, led by Norma Nicol Hamilton
            and CPT Duane Heisinger, USN (Ret). We'll meet up in the JW lobby at 1:00.

1:00 to 2:00PM
– (Salon III)
"Mourning, then Memorial" – a presentation by Dr. Vamik Volkan
2:00 to 4:00PM
(Salon III)
Sharing Circles – led by Facilitators
2:00 to 4:00PM
(Salon IV)
Concurrent Session for Families – led by Richard Danks
2:00 to 4:00PM
(Presidential Suite -- Room 1275)
       Concurrent Session – Writing a Book panel discussion
by AWON Orphan Authors

            Ann Bennet Mix, Walter Carter, Michael J. Goodwin, Susan Johnson Hadler, Duane Heisinger,

            Bill McClelland, and Tom Ratliff

5:00 to 6:00PM
– (Salon I and II)
Banquet Reception
6:00 to 8:00PM
– (Salon I and II)
"In Their Memory" Banquet
– (at the WWII Memorial on the Mall)
Candlelight Memorial Service at the Wall of Freedom

Note: Conference Schedule is subject to change

To connect to a list of other DC Events around town over dedication weekend . . . Click Here!

If you haven't heard about the expected celebration-crasher 17-year Cicadas. . . Click Here!

Watch this space for more details.. See you in DC!