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.

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.