SHEROES United held the 2nd Annual Salute to Women Veterans Event in November. Despite the heavy snowfall many came out to Pay Tribute to our 2012 Veteran and Active Duty Personnel chosen as SHEROES of the year. There were many highlights of the evening.
Guests arrived to a red carpet Greeting, Photographs, Great Food Supplied by Chef James E. The event kicked off with an Honor Guard Ceremony performed by the University of Utah ROTC members. The National Anthem was sung by our own Director Julie Harman who is an experienced singer, songwriter and exceptional human being. The event MC was Oz Hutton a Former Marine who gave a beautiful Tribute to the Women he served with and the Women being Honored. As the Ceremony proceeded guests were delighted with the unique approach to each SHERO. Our first SHERO Ora Mae Hyatt a 90 year young Nurse from WW2 sat on stage and her story was told by acclaimed author and storyteller our own Bridget Cook. Bridget’s unique delivery of the love story during war time touched the hearts of everyone in the room.
As the awards progressed the audience was delighted by the Method of Acceptance of SHERO Michelle Ajeel who was on Annual Training and could not make the event. So her daughter and her former Commander – one of last years SHEROES Colonel Camerone Trent accepted on her behalf. The evening continued with a total of 10 Women Warriors being Honored. Represented at this event were members of the US AIR FORCE, the US ARMY, US Army Reserve, Utah National Guard, Arizona National Guard, US Navy, US Coast Guard, we had Officers and Enlisted. Young recently back from Iraq SHEROES to 90 Year Old WW2 Veterans the complete list of Honorees can be found on this site under SHERO Veterans. You can read their entire story and understand all that each Woman Sacrificed in order to Protect her country. Our Hats go way off to our Defenders.
As the evening progressed each SHERO was brought on stage and given a Significant Scarf that once wrapped around their neck made it official that they are in the select group of those Honored as SHEROES.
We all have SHEROES in our lives. Our Mothers, Daughters, Best Friends, Co-Workers, many of these women have given all and have come back to a life forever changed. Being Deployed as a Soldier or Airmen takes these Women away from many precious moments. Children’s Birthdays, School Plays, Soccer Games, Weddings, Funerals, you name it they miss it. When they return home after being deployed many things have changed, in many cases everything has changed. SHEROES United wants to take just a moment out of our busy day to say THANK YOU for your service, and thank you for being so unselfish. Welcome Home. And with us you have many friends.
Thank you to all that stepped up and helped us make this event happen. This will be an annual tradition so watch out for our next years SHEROES we will be accepting applications very soon!!!