A True Pioneer for Generations to ComeOctober 16, 2017 | Barkley Place
The staff and management at Barkley Place understand that each of our residents join our community with decades of personal life events to record, relationships to recount, and historical events to recite. Having residents share stories helps the Barkley Place staff gain a deeper understanding of the resident's personal life, engage the resident's memory, and form deeper interpersonal connections throughout the community.
The staff was determined to help one resident share their unique story. Ettie Walsh is 94 years old and remembers the Pearl Harbor attack like it was yesterday. Ettie joined the U.S. Navy when she was 20 years old. She was so young at the time that she had to receive signed permission from her mother. Ettie, a pioneer for women's equality, was one of many brave women to create new possibilities for women, for generations to come. By 1943, six million women had entered the military and workforce.
The staff arranged for a television station to come to Barkley Place to conduct an interview with Ettie. The interviewer asked what drove Ettie to enter the U.S. Navy, how it shaped her life, and how it felt to be at the forefront of women's equality. Ettie responded in great detail and told a riveting story. Her interview was aired on television, where friends and fellow residents were able to watch. Residents complimented her and commended her bravery and hard work. Ettie was a local celebrity around the community for weeks following the interview. Providing an outlet for Ettie to share her story lead to an inspiring WOW! Moment for all.
Ettie's interview can be viewed here: https://www.nbc-2.com/story/34000189/fort-myers-woman-recalls-attack-on-pearl-harbor
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