Women's History Month Observance

by SFC Jamaal Black, Equal Opportunity Advisor
19th ESC

Camp Henry (March 24, 2016) - Military Service Members, veterans, and their families joined in celebrating Women’s History Month March 24th at the Camp Henry Theater.

The host 36th Signal Battalion, partnering with students from the Daegu High School JROTC program and National Honor Society, put on educational displays that educated the audience and honored women from the local community.

The theme for this year’s ceremony and Women’s History Month, ‘Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government’, pays homage to women who helped shape American history through significant achievements.

“The importance of Women's History Month is twofold: one is to celebrate the past of women who fought and died for the cause of women's rights and the rights of all,” said 1SG Keenda Batchelor, First Sergeant for 293rd Signal Company.  “Second, is to use this understanding of history to continue building and working for greater rights for both our sons and our daughters,” Batchelor continued.

The celebration included recognizing several women from Area IV and the Daegu community in the areas of education, humanitarianism, public service and government for their contributions to the military and families.

Guest Speaker COL(R) William M. Alexander, the 2nd Infantry Division Museum Director, highlighted historical achievements women have made in government and civilian service. “The strength of our Army, and the strength of US forces in Korea, is in our diversity“, said Alexander.

Attendees were also treated to an astonishing rendition of Il Bacio song by renowned opera singer Linda Park of the Seoul Metropolitan Opera.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter Congress issued the first Proclamation, declaring the week of March 8, 1980 as National Women's History Week.  In 1987 Congress declared the entire month of March as Women's History Month.

“I personally hope that the diversity of our honorees and their determination will inspire future generations, “said 1SG Batchelor.

As the observance ended, the attendees walked away with a feeling of just that, inspiration for our future generation.

For more information on Women’s History Month, visit www.womenshistorymonth.gov.

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