Female Veterans Honored

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Veterans day is a time to remember those who have served our country.

“As long as we’re remembered it feels good,” said World War 2 veteran Lena Duncan.

But one group of veterans often is forgotten.

“The conference is kind of set up to remind us we’re veterans. We often forget we are veterans, we served. When we leave we go off to start a family and we cut all of those ties ,” said DAV president Geri Massey.

Today at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church, a conference called Texas Womens Veterans Roll Call: Life Beyond the Oath was held to honor and remember females who served and are currently serving. Special guests at the conference were two female World War Two veterans.

Ellen Webb and Lena Duncan shared why they joined up during a time that few women were in the armed forces.

“Well I’ve always been very patriotic and my family was always very patriotic and loved our country,” said Webb.

“Well I was trying to make a living for my parents and my sister and i couldn’t make enough,” said Duncan.

Both women have fond memories from when they were in uniform.

“Even though the men made fun of us and some of them called us funny- not very nice names, but it was a real nice service and I enjoyed it,” said Webb.

“I loved it, and the navy took good care of us,” said Duncan.

Although their memories are fond, Duncan believes women in uniform nowadays have less pleasant experiences.

“They’re having it harder than I did,” said Duncan.

A statement event organizer Geri Massey agrees with.

“We’re doing it by choice. And unfortunately our community does not always see that,” said Massey.

Which is why this three day event is being held: to give female military members and veterans the respect they deserve.

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