'Women of War' event is June 8

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FOUR OAKS – "Women who stepped up were measured as citizens of the nation, not as women. This was a people’s war, and everyone was in it.” The words of Col. Oveta Culp Hobby, the first director of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), which was created during World War II, ring true, that war brings everyone to the front.

While women have not always been able to have active roles in the military, they have performed supporting roles in the war effort.

“Women of War” brings light to female involvement during times of conflict. During this timeline style event at 10 a .m. on Saturday, June 8, interpreters will highlight the roles of laundresses, nurses, farm workers, and military members from the American Revolution through World War II.

As a “She Changed the World” event, this program will highlight the contributions women have made to society.

“She Changed the World” is a NCDNCR initiative to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.

The Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865, involved 80,000 troops and was the last Confederate offensive against Union Gen. William T. Sherman. Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site interprets the battle and the hospital, where many Confederates were left in the aftermath.

The site is located at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524, 3 miles north of Newton Grove on S.R. 1008, about one hour from Raleigh and about 45 minutes from Fayetteville.

For more information, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/bentonvi/bentonvi.htm or call 910- 594-0789.