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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: September 26, 2018 03:58 PM
From: Representative Eric R. Nelson
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Declaring 2018 as the 100th Anniversary of Women in the U.S.M.C.
As a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, having served in the United States Marine Corps, I will be introducing a Resolution that recognizes the year 2018 as the 100th Anniversary of Women in the United States Marine Corps.

Women in the United States Marine Corps have proudly served our country for the past century. Since the first woman, Opha May Johnson, enlisted on August 13, 1918, women have displayed constant excellence and a dedication to their country and duty, taking every opportunity available to better serve and protect their fellow Americans.

We can learn much from their perseverance throughout their first hundred years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Although they began small in numbers, the strength they offered was undeniable, holding up the home front during World War II and braving the rough conditions of warfare in Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and their continued service in many post - 9/11 theaters.

Over the decades, through steady training and a readiness to take on increased responsibility, I witnessed these brave and deserving women receive higher rankings and take on roles that were once seen as fit for only men. These women serving in the U.S. Marine Corps have truly become role models for all Americans.

Given the commitment the women in the U.S. Marine Corps have demonstrated to our country, our Flag, and to all citizens, please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution to recognize the year 2018 as the 100th Anniversary of Women in the U.S. Marine Corps in Pennsylvania. They are incredibly deserving of this recognition and we owe all generations of women who have served or are serving in U.S. Marine Corps today our tremendous gratitude.

Introduced as HR1148