A public meeting about the Delaware Women’s Service Monument will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 in the Senate Hearing Room on the second floor of Legislative Hall, 411 Legislative Ave., Dover.
Delaware’s women have served on the fields of war and at home, and they will be recognized with a new monument on the grounds of Legislative Hall, according to Dick Carter, chairman of the Delaware Heritage Commission.
The monument also will recognize those who call Delaware their home even though they weren’t born there. While other monuments have acknowledged women’s roles in Delaware history, there are none specifically dedicated to women veterans.
The design will echo that of the state’s World War I commemorative, erected Nov. 4 at the southwest corner of Legislative Hall, and will stand on the northwest corner of the capitol building’s grounds. The monument will be highlighted with laser-etched images of real Delawareans.
The general assembly and the Department of State are the lead agencies on the monument and gathering photos for inclusion on the monument but are hoping others will be found in photo albums or family memorabilia representative of all Delaware women.
The Heritage Commission has been working with the Delaware Public Archives and when the dedication takes place, the Heritage Commission will publish a commemorative booklet including many of the photos not used on the structure.
Members of the Heritage Commission hope to have the design finalized by the end of January or early February, which includes selecting the six to eight photographs that will represent all Delaware women on the memorial.
Tentative plans are to dedicate the monument around Mother’s Day, in mid-May. To contribute photographs and memorials, call 245-0670. Photographs and a brief synopsis of each individual can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Image files must be 300 dots per inch or higher. Photos may also be dropped off n Legislative Hall. All originals will be returned.