COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — A groundbreaking in Columbia was held for what will be the new Howard County Veterans Monument.
It will be named after a remarkable woman who made history when she served in World War II.READ MORE: Security Camera Video Shows Chaotic Scene, Quick Police Response After West Baltimore Mass Shooting
The space is made up of a park and a neighborhood square, and that square will be named after a 100-year-old veteran who made history.
Her name is Vivian C. “Millie” Bailey, a Lieutenant who served in World War II.
“I appreciate everybody coming out here today,” she said at the groundbreaking of the monument.READ MORE: Leaders Call Fells Point Violence 'Tragic & Unacceptable,' Police Urging People To Speak Up
Bailey was one of only two black women who graduated from an Administration Course at Fort Sam Houston in the 1940s.
Over the decades, she continued to serve others, including sending care packages for troops overseas.
“Everybody here can do something to help somebody else,” Bailey said. “Jackie Robinson was quoted as saying life has no importance if it has no impact on other lives.”MORE NEWS: Maryland Offices, Schools Announce Closures Friday In Observance Of Juneteenth
$375,000 has already been raised to help pay for the Veterans Monument. The ultimate goal is $1.2 million.