A way to recognize and hear their stories, the American Legion Auxiliary Post 163 will host a Women Veterans Tea from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, at the First Christian Church, 1314 S. Oak Ridge Dr., Neosho.

A way to recognize and hear their stories, the American Legion Auxiliary Post 163 will host a Women Veterans Tea from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, at the First Christian Church, 1314 S. Oak Ridge Dr., Neosho.

This event is only open to women veterans.

“(The main purpose) is to honor the women veterans in our area,” said Norma Stewart, a member of the auxiliary unit. “We honor the men veterans periodically, but the women kind of get left out, so this is our way of recognizing the service that that these women have performed.”

This is the second year the auxiliary has hosted this event.

“We have a number of women veterans that came last year,” she said. “A couple of them were in the original Women’s Army Corps that was formed back in the Second World War years. One of them that was there last year and has already called and said she would be here this year is Rebecca Hall, Doug Hall’s mother. She tells the story about how when she first went in, they actually had to buy a lot of their own gear.”

Women veterans who would like to attend are ask to RSVP by Friday by calling Stewart at 451-4146.

The tea will include refreshments and a guest speaker.

“We generally ask the women veterans that are there to give a brief description of their years (of service) and what prompted them to go into the service, what their specialties were while they were there,” Stewart said. “It is very interesting, they tell us some very unique stories.”

She said that last year, they had about seven or eight women veterans attend.
“This year, we are hoping to pull in a few more,” Stewart said. “It really went very well last year and all of the women veterans were just really thrilled that we had decided to do something like this.”

The auxiliary unit will also present the women veterans with a gift.

Last year, the Neosho High School’s AFJROTC color guard attended. Stewart said they were an all female group. This year, they will have the McDonald County High School ROTC attend.