Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed into law a bill that honors North Dakotaâ€™s women veterans who have served and sacrificed on behalf of the U.S. throughout the nationâ€™s history.
During a Tuesday ceremony at the state Capitol in Bismarck, Dalrymple signed House Bill 1167, which directs the governor to issue a proclamation each year designating March as Women Veterans Month to honor and remember the surviving and departed women veterans in the state.
He was joined at the Capitol by legislators and veterans representing Americaâ€™s wars and conflicts since World War II.
In a written statement, Dalrymple said women veterans have made â€œsignificantâ€ contributions to the nationâ€™s defense and success with their military service.
â€œWomen veterans have a long and proud history of service to this state and nation, and today, we recognize them for the integral role they have played in defending our homeland and preserving freedom around the world,â€ Dalrymple wrote.
The billâ€™s primary sponsor, Rep. Bette Grande, R-Fargo, said women have served in all wars and conflicts, something thatâ€™s often forgotten.
â€œThe history of women in the military is a history of love for country, service, commitment, dedication and courage, and it includes sacrifices that have largely gone unrecognized,â€ she wrote. â€œThat is changing, and we must be part of that change.â€
Dalrymple also paid tribute to North Dakotaâ€™s Vietnam veterans and issued a proclamation designating March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in the state.