KILLEEN, Texas — Killeen honored the 71st Anniversary of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act Wednesday, which was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on this day back in 1948.

Women's Veterans Day was established by the 85th Texas Legislature and Killeen held its second annual celebration this afternoon.

"It's very inspirational because I've never been apart of something like this," said Virgie Eckwood, an Air Force veteran. "So, I find it to be enlightening and it makes me feel good."

Killeen city councilman Gregory Johnson read a proclamation written by Governor Greg Abbott to commemorate the day. 

The meaning of it was not lost on any of the veterans in attendance.

"It's long overdue for the whole United States. A whole lot of women didn't get the recognition they should have got when they came in and died for the United States," Susan Whitney, a U.S. Army veteran, said before the celebration began.

Those in attendance released balloons as the flags were lowered in honor of the women who served their country.

Eileen Parker, one of the oldest veterans in attendance, said women would do anything for the country at any time.

"Women are not afraid to step in and help out wherever they can, wherever they're needed. Ask and they're willing to help you," Parker said. "You remember your mother, she helped you the best, right?"

It was an emotional scene for many veterans in attendance.

"I'm so proud, so dedicated," Clarise Swimpson, a U.S. Army veteran, said. "I am so humbled."

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