A former Amarillo woman will carry the state flag on Tuesday in the first Texas Women Veterans Day ceremony in Austin.
Sgt. Katrina Thompson, an Amarillo native, will carry the Texas state flag as part of an honor guard today at the first Texas Women Veterans Day ceremony on the south steps of the state capitol in Austin.
The ceremony, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, which allowed women to serve as permanent regular members of not only the Army, but Navy, Marines and the then newly formed Air Force. It was signed by President Harry Truman on June 12, 1948.
Thompson, 36, has been a member of the Texas National Guard for six years where she serves in the medical and combat units. She works at Camp Mabry in Austin, which is the headquarters of the Texas Military Forces and the Texas Military Forces museum.
Thirteen cities in the state will hold similar ceremonies today.
Thompson attended Austin Middle School, St. Andrew's and Trinity Fellowship before eventually graduating from Hockaday School in Dallas.
Keynote speaker is Danielle Corazza, national outreach coordinator of the VA Women Veterans Center.