CHARLESTON, S.C., May 9.--In commemoration of The Citadel's recent Diversity Awareness Day and the participation of Brig. Gen. Evelyn P. Foote, the military college has contributed to the Women in Military Service For America Memorial Foundation.
A donation of $1,000 has been made to the building fund and will go towards the Women's Memorial under construction in Washington. The money came from The Citadel President's Unrestricted Fund in the Discretionary Account; no taxpayers' money was used for the contribution.
An active duty officer, General Foote declined to accept an honorarium for her appearance in The Citadel's first Diversity Awareness Day on April 22, but instead asked that the college consider making a donation to the fund. General Foote, a member of the U.S. Army Task Force on Sexual Harassment, was a panel member in the day-long events held on The Citadel campus. Classes were canceled and cadets mandated to participate. The faculty and staff at the military college also attended sessions.
When finished, the Women's Memorial will include the 60-year old semicircular wall that marks the ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery. It will house a 33,000 sq. ft. education center, a 196 seat underground theater, an exhibit gallery, and a registry--a computerized data base that contains the names, photographs and biographies of servicewomen. Included in the design is a 78 ft. circular reflecting pool and an arc of glass tablets bearing quotations by and about women who have served that will function as skylights.
The legacy of women in the military began when Deborah Sampson disguised herself as a man in order to join the Massachusetts Regiment of the Revolutionary War. Many others followed.
In the Civil War women sneaked behind enemy lines to spy and to scout and they served as saboteurs and color bearers. They blew up bridges and cut telegraph wires.
They nursed during the Spanish-American War, and they enlisted in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard in World War I to work as clerks, translators and radio electricians.
More than 400,000 women served in all branches and in all military theaters during World War II, and for the first time were given military rank as officers.
Thousands of women served alongside servicemen during the Cold War and in Korea, Vietnam, Grenada and Panama. More than 40,000 piloted and crewed planes, directed artillery, drove trucks, served on ships and guarded POWs in Operation Desert Storm.
The servicewomen and veterans now number close to two million. The country's first major national memorial will recognize their contributions to the military--past, present and future--and will document their experiences, providing a visible record in history and inspiring others. Dedication is set for October.