RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — In Richmond, the spotlight is on Virginia’s female veterans as the week has been dedicated to honoring them. 

On Monday at the Capitol, dozens of female veterans were brought together to be recognized. Governor Ralph Northam and other local veterans officials honored women for their service with special pins. 

More than 100,000 female veterans call the Commonwealth home.

“When we’re serving, there’s a comradery amongst us that you don’t find in the civilian life. It’s kind of nice to revisit that,” veteran Kathleen Wiltsie said. “I appreciate being appreciated you know, it’s very nice of Virginia to do.”

It’s the second year the state has dedicated the third week in March to all of Virginia’s female veterans.

“It is long overdue. Women have been veterans since the revolutionary war and it wasn’t until 1948 that they were recognized. For all of the years of service from our women to protecting the great country of ours, we say thank you,” Gov. Northam said.

The governor said Virginia has the highest percentage of women veterans of any state in the country.

Find more information and a list of the week’s events here.

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