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Ruth Pfau: Humanitarian by Linda Harris Sittig

My first introduction to leprosy was from the movie, The Hawaiians, based on Michener’s epic novel. In particular, I remember when the Chinese character, Mun Ki, was sent for lifelong exile to the leper colony on Molokai; and his wife … Continue reading

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Moina Belle Michael: Champion of Veterans: by Linda Harris Sittig

If you’ve ever worn a red paper poppy in support of Memorial Day or Veterans Day, you can thank Moina Belle Michael. Her tireless efforts of bringing recognition to the plight of disabled veterans is symbolized with the poppy. Born … Continue reading

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Gladys Vandenberg: the Final Salute by Linda Harris Sittig

In 1948 Gladys Vandenberg was walking down a quiet lane in Arlington Cemetery with her husband, Air Force Chief of Staff Hoyt Vandenberg, at her side. During their walk, they chanced upon a funeral and saw to their dismay that … Continue reading

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Rosie the Riveter and the Working Women of World War II by Linda Harris Sittig

  Her lips are red, her hair tucked up in a red and white polka-dot bandana, and she clenches her fist in power. Who was the real Rosie the Riveter of poster fame? Through the years there have been several … Continue reading

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Katherine Coleman Johnson: NASA Mathematician

I first wrote about Katherine Johnson in June 2015. Since then a movie, Hidden Figures, has debuted, telling the story of her work behind the scenes as an African-American female mathematician for NASA. After viewing the film, I felt compelled … Continue reading

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Margaret Getchell: First American Retail Executive by Linda Harris Sittig

Most of us have visited a department store, at least once. You may be the type of shopper who darts from one section to the next, hopping on the up/down escalator or squeezing into a crowded elevator in pursuit of … Continue reading

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Annie Charbonneau by Linda Harris Sittig

If you knew that a vigilante group would be convening on your small village tomorrow morning with the intent to wreak unspeakable violence against the men of your neighborhood, what would you do? Would you warn your own family, but … Continue reading

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Mary Edwards Walker:One of a Kind

Which prestigious award has been issued to 3,514 men, but only 1 woman? That would be the Medal of Honor, bestowed upon service personnel for gallantry in action during wartime. Signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil … Continue reading

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Mildred Jeter:Marriage Advocate by Linda Harris Sittig

  One evening in 1950, seventeen-year-old Richard Loving decided to walk several miles through the isolated back country of Caroline County, Virginia. His destination was a well-known farmhouse where the Jeter Brothers would be playing bluegrass. When he arrived, he … Continue reading

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