Women Veterans Appreciation Day
June 12 is Women Veterans Appreciation Day in Suffolk County 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, an initiative sponsored by Legislator Susan A. Berland.
Each of the Suffolk County Legislature’s 18 legislators has selected one woman veteran from his or her legislative district to honor. Read more about these extraordinary women by clicking the link on the side panel to the right. A recording of the Zoom ceremony is available on Legislator Berland’s Facebook page and the Legislature’s YouTube page.
“I am thrilled to co-host the Annual Suffolk County Women Veterans Appreciation Day event with the Women Veterans Advisory Board to recognize our female veteran honorees from across Suffolk County. Female veterans are deserving of a day on which their service and sacrifice is particularly celebrated and appreciated,” said Legislator Berland, who chairs the legislature’s Veterans & Consumer Affairs Committee and is an 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.”
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.