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Today marked the 70th year acknowledging women in military service. On June 12, 1948, a bill was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman known as the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which officially allowed women to serve freely as regular service members. Before this bill was signed, women served disguised as men and some even took on male names.

The Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring honored their female Veterans with a celebration yesterday afternoon, June 12th, also known as Women Veterans Day. Sandra Wilson, United States Marines; Adelita Guerra, United States Army; and Kim LaCroix, U.S. Navy, were recognized for their service to our country.

Natalie Rolling-Edlebeck, retired Major of the U.S. Army and Administrator for Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home, stated that she was very honored that they were able to recognize their female Veterans in their Veterans home and across Big Spring.

“It’s an honor to have served the United States Army, and it’s an honor that our nation has recognized that our nation has recognized that we have all qualities just as well our males to serve in the military. So, to be recognized nationally is an honor,” said Rolling-Edlebeck of her time of service and of Women’s National Day.

The 7th FSS Honor Guard from Dyess Airforce Base presented the colors, and Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Rosa Mancha and Retired U.S. Army Major Rolling-Edlebeck were both speakers for the event.

 

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