On the 100th Anniversary of World War I, Marco Island issued a Proclamation “honoring our Women Veterans on the 100th anniversary of World War I and on behalf of a grateful community we thank them for their selfless service and sacrifice.
Whereas, women have been service in the U.S. Armed Forces since the establishment of the Army and Navy Nurse Corps at the turn of the century;
Whereas, over 34,000 served in the Nurse Corps and the enlisted ranks during World War 1 and;
Whereas, during World War II, more than 350 served as officers and enlisted personnel, 17,000 of whom served in combat theaters, and;
Whereas, many earned combat decorations, some were prisoners of war and some remain buried in the U.S. cemeteries overseas, and;
Whereas, since 1984 women have made indispensable contributions to the nation’s defense as members of the career regular and reserve forces and today there are thousands of women on active duty in the Armed Forces stationed throughout the world.”
Photos by Maria Lamb