The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved the designation of June 12th as “Women Veterans Appreciation Day” to recognize the sacrifices of women veterans who have valiantly served our nation. This designation was the first official recommendation of the Suffolk County Women Veterans Advisory Board. The passage of this legislation came after testimony given by members of the Board at a meeting of the Veterans & Consumer Affairs Committee highlighted the importance of allotting a day to recognize and appreciate women veterans.
Women have formally been a part of the United States Armed Forces since the establishment of the Army corps in 1901, but have informally served since the inception of the American Revolution. In designating June 12th as “Women Veterans Appreciation Day,” Suffolk County emboldens the efforts of states and municipalities across the country to engage with and advocate for women veterans. June 12th was chosen for this designation because it was on this date in 1948 that President Harry S. Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, formally allowing women to serve as regular members of the military.
“Women veterans are deserving of a day on which their service and sacrifice is particularly celebrated and appreciated” said Suffolk County Legislator Susan A. Berland, Chairwoman of the Veterans & Consumer Affairs Committee and Ex-Officio Member of the Women Veterans Advisory Board. “We have a responsibility to recognize the women of Suffolk County who are our soldiers and veterans. We need to thank them for their service, acknowledge their bravery and advocate for them to receive the benefits and opportunities they should be afforded.”
"We are delighted to see this idea finally becoming a reality. While the day is set aside to appreciate the sacrifice to our country that women veterans have made, by giving them a day of recognition, it is our hope to draw attention to the women that have served, that have accomplished great things, That have blazed the trail before us and that have inspired other women to follow in their footsteps,” said the Executive Board Members of the Women Veterans Advisory Board: Christine Glynn, StaceyAnn Castro Tapler and Cathie Norton Doherty.