Every year Women's History Month is recognized in March. Missouri has 38,206 women veterans who served in and alongside the United States Armed Forces in order to secure and preserve freedom and liberty for Americans and allies.
The auxiliary honored 17 local women who served the country.
The opening prayer was given by Janyce Chouteau-Musgrove followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The welcome was given by Nancy Shipman, unit president, followed by the introduction of the speaker by Musgrove.
Guest speaker for the event was Col. Michele Hovland, director of intelligence and communication for the Missouri National Guard. Hovland presented a history of women serving in the United States Army including history of her service.
Recognition was given to Lorna M. Crawford, chairman of the Department of Missouri American legion Auxiliary National Security. Crawford was a Marine and is currently an auxiliary member.
Recognition was given to the following area women Veterans: Eleanor Beryer, Navy; Dorys Braden, Army; Tia Bremer, Army; Virginia Brown, Army; Kim Clay, Army; Joy Davidson, Navy; Deborah George, Army; Sandy Jastal, Navy; Bertha Johnson, Marine Corp; Iva King, Army; Cecilia Miller, Air Force; Almeda Penwell, Marine Corps; Charlene Steffen, Army; Betty Stewart, Marine Corps; Rebecca Stewart, Army; Amellia Vincant, Army; Addy Winston, Army; and Amber Withnell, Army.
Eva Mae Anderson, who passed away recently, was represented by her daughter and family. Anderson served for two years in the Navy.
Veterans present were given a certificate, thank you coin and a freedom pin.
The ceremony ended with the singing of "America The Beautiful."