Gov. Jack Dalrymple today was joined by state and local officials, military leaders, veterans, service members and the public in honoring women in North Dakota who have served or are serving in the military. Women veterans and service members from across the state, representing all branches of the U.S. military and all wars and conflicts since World War II, were recognized during a ceremony at the state Capitol.
As part of the ceremony, Dalrymple read and signed a proclamation designating March "Women Veterans Month" in the state to honor the generations of North Dakota women who have served and sacrificed on behalf of the state and nation.
"Since the American Revolution, women have been an integral force in our nation's defense and have honorably and courageously served in all of America's wars and conflicts since that time," Dalrymple said. "Generations of women from our great state have served or are currently serving here at home or abroad and have played a key role in defending our homeland and preserving freedom around the world."
Women have been serving in the military for more than 220 years. There are currently over 1.8 million female veterans in the U.S., with the population expected to surpass 2 million by 2020. North Dakota has more than 6,000 women veterans. The U.S. military is comprised of more than 14 percent women who are currently serving on active duty and nearly 17 percent who are serving in the Reserves and National Guard. Currently, more than 550 women are serving in the North Dakota Army National Guard and nearly 200 in the North Dakota Air National Guard.