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​​CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., Aug. 26, 2015 - Women’s Equality Day is celebrated each year to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the fundamental right to vote in 1920. This marked a watershed moment in women’s rights, and today we continue to honor all women. Women around the country and in the state of Georgia honor what their predecessors started, by continually raising the standard for the next generation of young ladies behind them.

​​While recent history marked the official opening of some combat jobs to our military women, this by no means marks the beginning of our sisters in arms serving with honor, valor and courage. Women have proudly served our country since its inception. Examples include Mary Edwards Walker, the first female U.S. Army surgeon. She joined the Union Army at the onset of the Civil War and worked on the front lines treating wounded Soldiers. She is the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor. Then of course there are others like Col. Ruby Bradley, America’s most decorated military woman and herself a POW of the Korean War –after also serving in WWII.

​​Women have a long tradition of serving in and leading our military in a way that warrants emulating. I would like to thank all our GaDoD service women for their continued work towards equality in our organization and this country. Whether you are a service member, wife, mother, daughter, or sister of a service member, or leader in our community – ladies, today we reflect on all that you have contributed, and continue to contribute, to our great state and nation.

​​Thank you.

Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard
The Adjutant General
Georgia Department of Defense

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