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Female veteran to share perspective

Special program to be held in honor of all vets for Memorial Day


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego author Angela Pilato will be the guest speaker at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Centers Learning Group to be held at 9:30 a.m. May 18.

Memorial Day is right around the corner and Lake Oswego Adult Community Center is presenting a special program in honor of the day.

Lt. Col. Angel Pilato (Ret.) of Lake Oswego, author of “Angel’s Truck Stop: A Woman’s Love, Laughter and Loss during the Vietnam War,” will share a humorous and educational view of history and her service during the Vietnam War at 9:30 a.m. May 18. Her presentation will give audience members a new appreciation of what it was like for women to serve in the military and honor all of our friends and family who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

As a woman, I should have known more about the history of women in the military, but, with my head hanging low, I admit I have much to learn. I knew women served in supportive roles caring for the wounded during the Civil War and worked as official nurses in World War II. I didn’t realize that women dressed as men to fight in the Civil War.

Throughout history, women have had to fight stereotypes to gain a spot in the military. The same assertive character that labels men “strong leaders” casts women in a negative light.

Considering women still battle those stereotypes today, it is mind boggling to me that women have had such a long history in the military.

At the height of the Vietnam War, Pilato was one of the first women chosen to manage an officers’ club. Can you imagine being a woman in charge of the club where high-ranking officers come to hob nob and drink together?

It wasn’t the most welcoming atmosphere for a career woman who wanted to be taken seriously. Pilato will speak at the ACC Learning Group to be held at 9:30 a.m. May 18. All are welcome to attend.

Lunch this week features ham and brown rice casserole on Friday, May, 15; chicken Parmesan on Monday, May 18; and pork Cuban sandwich on Wednesday, May 20. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034.

A list of activities and support groups can be found online at loacc.info, under the banner “calendar”, click on “view the Adult Community Center calendar” and then the activity for more details.

Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage by Michelle.

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