DOROTHY "DOT" BRADEN BRUCE
The Virginia War Memorial hosted Encorepreneur as their very first event at the C. Kenneth Wright Pavilion. More than 250 encorepreneurs served as "guinea pigs" for the new facility since its grand Opening was scheduled for 4 days later. The facility's beautiful new meeting spaces and magnificent views of the river are going to make this “the” place for great meetings, weddings and special events in the future.
Our speakers, Jim Bruce and Nancy Bruce Robertson, gave us the "Untold Story" of their mother, Dorothy "Dot" Braden Bruce, an American hero and code breaker during World War II. Jim and Nancy were introduced by Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, who also announced that she has introduced legislation to name a Midlothian post office after Dot.
We had another special guest join us as well. Bea McPherson, 98, heard about the event from her daughter and wanted to hear Dot's story. Bea was a "Military Mapping Maiden" in Worlld War II, and was in Washington worked not far from the home of the "code girls" Bea and other "3M's" helped prepare 30,000 maps of Normandy and other battlefields during the war.
Videos of the event are included below.