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PAGE 9 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC FEBRUARY 18, ! ngt0n Memorial and an estimated 1.2 million living women are veterans. tO honor al Memorial for Military Women The Arka,zsas Repertory Tlwalre Presents 8 include a computer register with "The Mystery of Irma Vep" IIii itary wo n the names, records of service, photos and memorable military experiences of R' 'Hk2 women's service. Every woman who has Performance OU OUSE , Washington, DC- It seems that the served or is serving is invited to be unfinished spot at the gate of Arling- identified and registered. For A Shelter for the Ilomeless ton Cemetery' has been waiting just for For more information or to make a Tuesday, March 6, Arkansas Repertory Theatre L1 ~ " . s, said Bettie Edwards Blair, a Korean contribution, contact Women in Mili- 601 S. Main Street, Little Rock War Veteran. "So let's get with it! Let's tary Service Memorial Foundation, Reception 7:00 p.m. Curtain 8:00 p.m. raake this memorial to "ladies' come Dept. 560, Washington, DC, 20042-0560, trUp l We've waited long enough."or call 1-800-222-2294, toll free. eparation for the construction of a Tickets by donation raemorial in the nation's capital to For further information, call OUR HOUSE SHELTER : 375-2416 recognize the contributions of women Who have served, are serving or will Serve in the armed forces is underway, aCCording to Martha Vroeman, RN, of Little Rock, a local field representative the Women in Military Service emorial Foundation The memorial, to be built at the Memorial Gate area .Arlington National Cemetery, will UClude a number of features designed t(O rpay tribute to all military women not just veterans Vroeman is quick , Point out). . . ' qOrnen have servecl in the U.S. arraed forces with ability, adaptability and stability,, according to the Foun- dation, pointing out the lon service record of women, v gin the Continental Army during the r,e.Vlutionary War, women such as ebOrah Sampson disguised themselves men in order to serve their country. arapson served in a Massachusetts re" ganent until her gender was discov- ered. o vl .aI the Civil War, black women and ,.. Women served as sunDliers, bl saboteurs, spies and soldiers. Dr. lit_dry Walker, for instance, was a Union eUtenant who not only was a doctor !0d SUrgeon but also was imprisoned a spy. After she was awarded the : ugressional Medal of Honor, it was eScinded . h- , but she refused to turn m ~r m A edal. It was finally restored by an ' Ctlater.Of Congress more than a century the Spanish American War of than 1,500 women served er a civilian nursing contract, which to the formation of the Army Nurse in 1901. ng World War I, 35,000 women in the armed forces as nurses enlisted women. than 400,000 women joined the effort, serving in all mili- Cand in all overseas thea- asualties included nurses and from the WOmen Airforce Pilots, and more than 80 nurses in enemy camps, most than three years. the Women's Armed Forces Act gave women a perma- in the armed forces. Since me, they have served in the and Vietnam conflicts and in 40 There are currently more 0,000 women in active duty, and Guard in all military / ARKANSAS CATHOLIC 48 issues $12 ,,, Call or Write Today i 664 - 0340 ext, 329, Fax # 664- P 0 Box 7417 Little Rock, AR 72217