EDITORIAL | Cammermeyer’s honor is well deserved

Langley resident Grethe Cammermeyer was recently inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame.

By anyone’s standards, that is no small feat and Cammermeyer is no exception. Her life is a trail of courage and perseverance, and this honor is well deserved.

Cammermeyer demonstrated herself as a nurse of the highest caliber over a 30-year career in the U.S. Army, and is continuing her service as a Whidbey General Hospital commissioner. On top of those successes, she has for decades been a white knight for gay rights, fighting against policies such as the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” rule.

While issues of marriage equality remain controversial to this day, it won’t always be the case. Like the Civil Rights Movement is viewed today, people in the future will look back at such issues and wonder how anyone ever could have thought the way they do, and it will be because of fearless champions of equality such as Cammermeyer.

We should all feel lucky that such a woman has chosen to call South Whidbey home. Congratulations Grethe, you deserve it.

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