Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thank You Veterans

Yesterday we celebrated Veterans Day in the United States, and we were inspired by a Red Hat Society Queen named Linda to see just how many women in the Sisterhood served in the military. Linda, a proud United States Army Veteran, started a Chapter called the Sisters of the Swords, and its sole purpose is to recognize the women who bravely served this country. Here's what she had to say:

"Sisters of the Sword is a Chapter of U.S. Military Women Veterans who are Members of the Red Hat Society. The thought behind this Chapter came after realizing that there were many of us out there, but that we were unknown to the general Membership of the Red Hat Society. It is also a way of saying that your service and sacrifice matters. Many of the women veterans have never had their time spent in service to their country recognized. There were no parades, no songs written about women's service and sacrifice, and in many cases they were not awarded any medals.
As a celebration of my 55th birthday, Queen Tenacious Vera Berry of the Tenacious Ol' Broads Chapter and I went to visit the Women in the Military Memorial where we are both members. While there I viewed my membership as a woman veteran and saw others. I also saw a book that was on display for anyone to view which showed the many, many women who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in defense of our country. I saw the faces and stories of women that we don't hear on the news and other programs like we do the men. I cried as I read that book and decided that I was going to find a way for the Veterans in the Red Hat Society to be recognized if nothing else by each other. So I changed my original Chapter to the Sisters of the Sword and started sending out our signature pin that says, "I'm a veteran."
The Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society was so inspired by this story, that we put out a call to Hatters on Social Media to see just how many Veterans are in this Sisterhood. As an international Sisterhood, we encouraged our Members from all across the globe to let us recognize them for their service, and these are the women who responded:
  • Angeline Neal- U.S. Army
  • Bev Whitfield- U.S. Coast Guard
  • Beverly Cabral- U.S. Navy
  • Bobbi Clark- U.S. Air Force
  • Carol Cherich
  • Carol Litz- Army National Guard
  • Cathy Coyne Tucker- U.S. Air Force
  • Chris Avers- U.S. Army 
  • Clara Fuqua
  • Debbie Sanders- U.S. Air Force
  • Debbie Smoot (Pictured)- U.S. Army
  • Dolores Hampton
  • Erika Moxley- U.S. Army
  • Esmeralda Ellis (Pictured)- U.S. Air Force
  • Eunice Miller - Army Nurse Corps
  • Gail Ganas- U.S. Marines and U.S. Army
  • Gwen "Georgia" Wynell Herndon- U.S. Air Force
  • Heather MacKeigan- Canadian Armed Forces
  • Jackie Longano Malhoyt- U.S. Army
  • Jacqueline Libby Delasso- U.S. Navy 
  • Jean Lyle- U.S. Navy
  • Jen Burger- U.S. Air Force 
  • Judy Faries- U.S. Navy
  • Juliana Olson (Pictured)- U.S. Army
  • Julie Sieker- U.S. Army
  • Karen Campbell- U.S. Air Force
  • Karen S. Eidson- U.S. Marines
  • Kathy Greene- U.S. Army
  • Linda Gill (Pictured)- U.S. Army 
  • Lynn Mroz- U.S. Air Force
  • Mamie Bibbs- U.S. Army
  • Marge Bittner- U.S. Air Force
  • Mary Forbes- U.S. Army
  • Melinda West- Texas National Guard
  • Misty Garrett-Clugston
  • Nadene Norwood- U.S. Air Force
  • Nancy Morin- U.S. Navy
  • Nora Meadows- U.S. Navy 
  • Pearl Herner
  • Rebecca Allbritton- U.S. Army
  • Rene McAlmon
  • Sally Owen- U.S. Army
  • Sandra Lee- U.S. Army
  • Sandy Reid- U.S. Army
  • Sandy Vandine
  • Sarah Lee
  • Dr. Sheila Kensinger
  • Tee Tucker- U.S. Navy
  • Teena L. de Grandpre- U.S. Navy
  • Tina O'Shields- U.S. Air Force
  • Vera Berry (Pictured)- U.S. Air Force
We would like to extend a very sincere "Thank You" to these Sisters and all of the brave men and women who have served or are currently serving this great country. We tip our hats to you all! 

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