The service and sacrifice of female veterans is being honored at the HEARTS Veterans Museum this week. 

HEARTS Veterans Museum is displaying an exhibit featuring uniforms and memorabilia of female veterans this week in honor of National Women Veterans Day, which was recognized on Wednesday.

“This is a special way to recognize the sacrifice and service of our veterans,” said Tara Burnett administrative assistant of the museum. “We wanted to honor them and we hope we made them proud.”

The exhibit features uniforms from all military branches, photographs, stories, scrapbooks and profiles of local veterans. All of the materials are donated from local veterans or their families.

“We have more and more female veterans volunteering here and they deserve to be recognized,” Burnett added. “A soldier is a soldier.”

Female veterans have been honored since June 12, 1948 when President Harry S. Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which allowed women to serve as regular service members. However, it was not until 2017 that Texas established June 12 as Women Veterans Day in the state.

“Women have served in the military much longer than we recognize,” Burnett said. “We are happy to be able to celebrate and recognize all of our veterans.”

HEARTS will also celebrate the 244th birthday of the US Army with cake and refreshments on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. in the Walker County Storm Shelter. The Army was the first national institution of the United States, established a month prior to the signing of the declaration of independence.

“We enjoy celebrating the birthday of each branch of service, but this is a milestone not only for the military, but our entire nation,” Burnett added. “We hope the community comes out to celebrate such an important birthday.”

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