This past Tuesday, Honor Flight, the non-profit that flies veterans to Washington, DC to visit memorials built to honor their service, took 140 women vets from Ohio to the Capital, making it the first-ever, all-female event for the organization.

The group, which included 70 women from the WWII and Korea eras, and 70 women from the Afghanistan and Iraq eras, viewed several sites specific to their service, and were honored with a special presentation at the Women in Military Service Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Photo: Bob Lennox/Military Times

Veteran Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald celebrated the women’s bravery and leadership saying, “You didn’t sign up to shatter glass ceilings. You came to serve, and you did so with distinction. What (your service) teaches is that courage is courage, excellence is excellence and sacrifice is sacrifice.”

In the video below, several of the women attending the event talk about the emotional impact the trip has made on them. Sue Miller, who served in the Army for 22 years says, “Today I got to lay a wreath at the Tomb Of the Unknown Soldier, it made my whole life.”

Over 250 applications were received for this historic flight, exceeding Honor Flight’s expectations and capabilities. However, they have said they hope to hold similar events in the future, “encouraging more women veterans to celebrate their service in ways to better inform the public.”

Via Military Times. Lead image U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue/released