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Many women have served in the United States Armed Forces. And today, they are among those being remembered.

About 59,000 women served as nurses behind the combat lines during World War II.

"There was always a shortage of nurses wherever U.S. forces were. So, it's critical to bring forward and remember their service during war," says historian Cpt. Jeff Hoffer, North Dakota National Guard.

Colonel Jackie Huber serves in the Army National Guard. She's the third woman to be named Colonel in the state. And she says it's important to remember the women who blazed a trail for military women.

"I think it is pinnacle to remember them, especially being a female soldier. I mean, they were the ones that set the forefront for us and have provided the opportunities that paved the way for us, and without them, there wouldn't be us standing here today," says Huber.

Master Sgt. Beth Handt says the roles women play in the military have come a long way.  And she says it's important to remember everyone who served.

"Whether male or female, whatever, everybody has given their all and some their ultimate sacrifice, and they need to be remembered for that," says Handt.

Handt's father inspired her to enlist 31 years ago.
Both women agree, women are an important part of the armed forces.

"Women provide a very hard work ethic, a different perspective that I think is important in today's world as things are constantly changing. And it's a very valued perspective," says Huber.

Both women plan to visit the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery to remember those who served before them.

Hoffer says several North Dakota women paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving as nurses during World War II.
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