Shirley Chen, of Fairfield Center, who served as an Army private first class from 1979 to 1981, left, and Ruth Marshall Gilmore, of South China, who served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps from 1954-56, chat after the ceremony to present a commemorative silver coin to Maine women veterans on Friday afternoon in the Chapel at  at the VA Healthcare Systems Maine Medical Center – Togus.

Before the ceremony began, there had been a presentation to a World War II veteran who was a patient in the hospital there.

The coin is a replica of the plaque displayed in the Hall of Flags depicting Maine women who served in different U.S. military capacities over four centuries.

According to a press release, the featured women are: 18th century, Hannah Watts Weston, Revolutionary War patriot; 19th century, Emily W. Dana, Civil War Union Army nurse; 20th century, Patricia A. (Chadwick) Erickson, WWII Women Air Force Service Pilots; and 21st century, Sgt.  Annette M. Bachman, war on terrorism, Maine Army National Guard.

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