Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Woman to Woman at Arlington Wreath Laying



      Chapter member, Viki Armentrout, a veteran, was fortunate enough to lay a wreath on the grave of Juliet Ann Opie Hopkins ("the Florence Nightingale of the South"), (1818-1890) at Arlington National Cemetery on December 13, 2014.   Juliet has a great story, which includes being shot in the leg twice while rescuing wounded men from the battlefield during the Civil War with plans to nurse them back to health. During the Civil War, Juliet Hopkins and her husband sold most of their real estate holdings and donated the money to the cause of the Confederate States of America. She was buried at Arlington with full military honors.
     Viki intentionally sought women's graves. According to Wreaths Across America, this is the first year that all of the graves at Arlington received wreaths.

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