LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – With a folded flag gracing her casket, family and friends gathered to say their final goodbye to 98-year-old World War II veteran Dorothy Hall.
The memorial was full of many who knew and loved Dorothy Hall, there were also those who did not know her personally, who wanted to honor her service to her country.
"The daughter reached out, Ms. Deborah Priest, her wish was to have lady veterans be pallbearers," Sherry Whitehouse, Lady Veterans Connect Co-Founder, said.
A team of seven female veterans, from different branches of the military, acted as Hall's pallbearers as a way of saying thank you to a woman who helped blaze the trail for them to serve. According to her family, Hall served in the United States Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946 as a medical technician.
"I thank God that she did because had she not, I wouldn't have gotten to serve, Marlene wouldn't have gotten to serve and some of the other women veterans that are here, we wouldn't have to serve, so somebody had to be the pioneer I thank her for begin that pioneer and I am here to show my support because of it," Janice Pullen, who is involved with NABVETS and Lady Veterans Connect, said.
"It is so critical that our lady veterans be seen for their service, that's a big struggle in our community and just like Ms. Dorothy Hall, she was very humble and didn't want a lot of recognition, but it’s our job that we continue to reach these older generation of, especially our women veterans and make sure that they know that they get a thank you and they are honored," Sherry Whitehouse said.