Please join me in paying tribute to the generations of women, past and present, whose commitment to service both at home and abroad have ensured the great strength of our Nation. Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
Throughout our Nation’s history, women have led movements for justice at both the national and international level, made discoveries that advanced our society and promoted life & health, and enriched our culture with great works of art & literature. Women have also served our Nation with incredible valor and honor in every conflict since the Revolutionary War. Today, American Women serve as committed leaders of character in every field and occupation. So as we take this month to honor the many women who have shaped our nation’s history, let us also take time to thank those women who continue to shape our future through their incredible efforts today.
Many thanks to all the women in the AP Hill Family, past & present, who have ensured our mission accomplishment today and shaped our garrison’s future mission success.
I invite all of you to visit the following link for additional information regarding this celebration of women in history and their incredible contributions to our society.
Peter E. Dargle
USAG Fort A.P. Hill Commander