Meet Alyce Dixon. At 108, she’s the Oldest Living Female Veteran.

On Veteran’s Day, many of us remember our fathers, grandfathers, brothers and uncles who have served for our country. Today, I’d like to especially remember the many brave women who serve. Thanks to women like Alyce Dixon, sometimes I take for granted how easy my life, as a woman, has been. I don’t even consider that I might meet obstacles because I am a woman;  I just go for it. So here’s some inspiration for granddaughters, daughters, sisters, and nieces.

Alyce DixonMeet the oldest living female World War II veterans, Alyce Dixon. Ms. Dixon is only 108-years…young. She served during World War II and not only did being a woman put her in the minority, she was also one of the first African American women to serve.

Ms. Dixon was born in 1907, one of nine children. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts where she graduated from Dunbar High School. In 1925, she began classes at Howard University. Ms. Dixon quit Howard due to her family’s financial hardships and got a job at the Lincoln Theater as a secretary. In 1943, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps in the postal division and was stationed in England and France. She left the WAC in December 1945 and worked at the Pentagon in requisitions until she retired in 1972. She now lives in Northwest Washington in a VA Community Living Center.

Photos courtesy of Alyce Dixon

Alyce Dixon. Photos courtesy of Alyce Dixon.

Ms. Dixon has had the privilege of meeting President Obama, which I’d imagine was as much of an honor for him as it was for her.

Today, we honor all of our brave and loyal veterans and thank them for their service. But today, I feel particularly inspired by Alyce Dixon. May her service inspire other young women to follow in her footsteps to pursue their dreams and serve their country.

 

 

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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