Alameda County to honor women veterans on June 12

The Alameda County Veterans’ Affairs Commission is hosting a celebration in honor of Women Veterans Recognition Day. This free event will take place on Wednesday, June 12, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Alameda Naval Air Museum in the area where the Naval Air Station used to be located at 2151 Ferry Point, Alameda.

The museum was founded by a WWII veteran named Marilyn York, who served in the Navy WAVES. It will feature speakers such as Alameda County District 3 Supervisor Lena Tam.

This event commemorates the signing of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, signed into law on June 12, 1948. While women have been fighting for our country since the American Revolution, their contributions have been largely unrecognized. Among other things, at the event, Quilt of Valor and women veteran first awards will be given to women veterans from Alameda County to recognize their contributions and achievements.

In addition to other initiatives, the Alameda County Veterans’ Affairs Commission supports and promotes veterans’ observance days throughout the year to show gratitude and raise awareness for those who have served their country. This celebration is the first-ever known event created to commemorate Women Veterans Recognition Day in Alameda County since it became a state-recognized observance day in 2018.

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