Letter | Newspaper missed boat by missing coverage of women veterans

04/16/2014 5:26 PM

04/16/2014 5:28 PM

On March 22, I was very honored to attend the “Salute to Women of the Military at the Greek Orthodox Church. This was the third annual event hosted by the wonderful men and women of Rolling Thunder SC3.

These members of Rolling Thunder work hard all year long to stage the event, including contacting all women veterans in South Carolina and North Carolina, not to mention the way they get donations and supporters for the event.

I was appalled that The Sun News decided to ignore this event. It was a definitive slap to the face of Rolling Thunder plus the 100-plus women who were honored and given recognition. If you had been there you would have seen 12 brave, beautiful, and courageous women who served during WWII. That alone is noteworthy, and they deserve recognition for their service.

They did the work that men would have done, as they were cryptologists, machinists, spies, etc. In other words, they filled the gaps when the men left to serve overseas or stateside. What they did was vital to this country and they should not be dismissed as they have been.

These women set the stage for all future women “enlisting” (as we all volunteered), and I am humbled to be in their company and to hear their trials and tribulations while serving. The Sun News needs to locate these women and do a huge article about them.

I am going to start a campaign on Facebook to give these ladies the recognition they deserve. But, not only them - all the women who have served and sacrificed so much, just as the men have done.

My thanks go to Rolling Thunder, SC3, for all their hard work and dedication to see this tribute continue and grow larger every year.

To The Sun News, you missed the boat.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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