The Women in Military Service Memorial is located at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. and features exhibits which illustrate their contributions in the nation’s defense throughout history.
The 15th anniversary of the memorial was celebrated Oct. 19 and Oct. 20. Louise Sitton, Regent of Pike County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revo-lution, shared the history of military women at the Oct. 3 meeting of the chapter at First Presbyterian Church in Louisiana.
Louise described the actions of “Captain Molly” Margaret Corbin during the American Revolution. Women often served in the Civil War as nurses, cooks, and spies and the Spanish-American War where over 1,500 nurses served. Over 12,000 women joined the Navy and Marine Corps in WWI and over 400,000 military women served stateside and overseas during WWII.
Women did not receive permanent military status until the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948. Women continue to serve and there are currently an estimated 344,500 women in the armed forces.
Regent Sitton called the meeting to order at 2 p.m. and welcomed guests Ruth Miller of Vandalia, a member of Susannah Randolph DAR Chapter; Valerie Kottwitz of Troy, and Cindy Blaylock and Anna Belle Benning of Louisiana. All joined in the opening ritual led by Sitton and Chaplain Dr. Debra Peppers.
The President General’s message was read, as well as an editorial from the DAR National Defender and the history of Constitution Week which was observed Sept. 17 through Sept. 26. Marilyn Johnson gave the secretary and treasurer’s reports.
The chapter received an invitation to the 100th anniversary of the Clark County Chapter and were happy to welcome Linda Gresham as an associate member.
Following the business meeting, the group prepared the “Hug Mugs” to be distributed to local veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 12. Approximately 125 mugs will be filled with treats and a “thank you” note from the chapter. They will be placed at local coffee shops and gathering places where veterans may receive them.
The next meeting of the chapter will be Nov. 7 with lunch at 11:30 a.m. at Saints Avenue restaurant in Bowling Green followed by a tour of the new location of the Pike County Genealogical Society facility.
Any woman interested in genealogy is always welcome to attend the DAR meetings. Assistance is available for research to find an ancestor that was a patriot during the American Revo-lution, the requirement for membership in the organization.