On Thursday, October 20, The Havelock Tourist and Event Center hosted their 2016 Salute to Women in the Military Luncheon. Over 100 women and personnel, from all branches of military, attended to honor and break bread with these brave women.
Joining that group of 100 women, were a few of Neuse Realty’s agents who attended to show their support and appreciation for the many sacrifices these women make to protect Americans.
A variety of military women shared inspiring and colorful stories of their service with the lunch guests. Many of those stories recalled the history of women in the military and the challenging times they endured. They also shared stories demonstrating how far they have come.
Captain and Commanding Officer, Angela S. Nimmo, of the United States Naval Health Clinic, was the keynote speaker. She shared there was, even, a time when women had to impersonate men in order to serve.
It wasn’t until World War II, that the unique skill sets of women began to be noticed and welcomed into the military, as valuable, along side their male comrades.
The Sun Journal’s Drew Wilson reported the following reflection from Captain Nimmo’s keynote:
You think about the posters that we used for recruiting in World War II.” They portrayed strong, independent, patriotic women ready and willing to serve their country. They chose women as role models and trailblazers and they were. During World War II we performed duties across the United States and overseas, in the air, on the ground and aboard ships. We served as nurses, postal clerks, intelligence analysts, communications specialists, truck drivers, telephone operations, linguists, pilots, and more. Over 80 women were held as prisoners of war in the Pacific Theater. By the end of the war, women served in all service branches across the globe. They overcame the barriers placed before them and proved that they were trailblazers.”
Bee Mayo, New Bern Now Contributor, shared this historical account of women serving in the military during the American Revolution:
American women have been serving in the U.S. Military- acknowledged and unacknowledged. For service in the American Revolution, Margaret Corbin, dubbed “Captain Molly,” became the first American woman to receive a military pension? At the defense of Ft. Washington, when her husband John Corbin was killed at the cannon, she assumed his post and was wounded. On July 6, 1779, the Continental Congress granted her money equal to one-half pay drawn by a soldier and one suit of clothes.
Just this past September, Time Labs reports, The Army opened Ranger School to all women after two female soldiers graduated from the school for the first time. That decision is part of a series of efforts that will expand where and how women serve in the U.S. armed forces.
Women have long proven their competence and worth in the market place; it appears they are, now, doing the same in the military. The current shift in military mindset, as evidenced by the recent rule changes, reveal they are, finally, recognizing and respecting the strength and genius of women. Neuse Realty was happy to be present to witness and celebrate their greatness.
Below find a few more photos our agents were able to capture from the event.