Jean Chlastawa, of Rehoboth Beach, and Delaware’s ambassador for the Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., served as guest speaker about the memorial at the Delaware Veterans Coalition’s September meeting at FOP Lodge 3, Dover.

The memorial, celebrating its 20th anniversary, is a national memorial honoring women who have defended America throughout history. It serves as a repository for the memorabilia of women who have served in or with the U.S. Armed Forces from the American Revolution to the present time.

Chlastawa retired in 1996 as a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander. During her Navy career, she earned a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Rhode Island and served as an education and training specialist, where she spent most of her career.

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