CONTRIBUTIONS of WOMEN in last three conflicts UNDERSTATED
Congress had to intervene to allow WASPs to be buried at Arlington and Gold Medals
OperationHerStory providing due recognition for Women comparable to WWII, Korea and VietNam men
Old school vision likely may not recognize that women have served in US Wars. The debate over whether WASPs ought to be buried at the Arlington National Cemetery brought this blindness to the fore. It took a while, but finally the barrier to these women in our nation’s resting ground for heroes was removed by an act of Congress and the same legislative body issued Congressional Medals to them.
Now a private volunteer group, OperationHerStory.org, has decided to recognize these women who served America in WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. No fancy medals or parades; rather reproducing the very successful Honor Flight Network events, they are flying these veterans to Washington to visit all the memorials on the Mall. Like the male visits, these heroines are met in the airline departure lounge, on the flight, departing and touring the Nation’s Capital with expressions of gratitude. These encounters are extremely touching.
Kudos to the OperationHerStory organization. So well-deserved and so appreciated by these worthy women.
CHICAGO, Ill. (NBC) – On Wednesday, the first all-female veteran group is making a historic honor flight from Chicago to Washington D.C.
Departing Wednesday morning from Midway International Airport, 93 veterans began their round-trip honor flight to visit the national memorials in Washington.
The flight is part of “Operation HerStory,” which was established to honor women veterans for their service and contributions in the U.S. Armed forces.
Honor Flight Chicago’s inaugural flight was first slated to be held in 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic.
The group on the flight was made up of two World War II veterans, Seven Korean War veterans and 84 Vietnam War veterans from the Chicago area.
They served in the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force.
Among those taking the trip was 99-year old Bette Hortsman, a WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a physical therapist.
Hortsman declared the trip “awesome,” adding that she had been “really looking forward to it, to see the Memorials, especially the Women’s Memorial, of course.
A U.S Navy veteran, Wilverlyn Joye Morris said, “Words cannot express how grateful, how humble all of us are here today. Being together with other women who served in the military.. cause even when we were in the military there weren’t very many of us together at one time. So, to have one hundred of us together at one time is totally awesome.”
All the women said it was an honor to be part of the special flight, and expressed gratitude at being recognized for their military service.
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