LAS CRUCES – Hundreds gathered for the dedication of a monument to women veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“I’ve been wanting one for a long time. Today is special day,” said Capt. Betty Somppie. She’s 102 years old and served during World War II as an original member of the 1st Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps.
She was a special guest at the dedication for the Women Veterans Memorial at Saturday’s ceremony in Veterans Memorial Park in Las Cruces.
Shoshana Johnson, a U.S. Army specialist and prisoner of war in Iraq in 2003, paid homage to the trailblazing women in uniform.