Alta W., 92, of Sterling House of Kerrville in Kerrville, Texas, was part of the first group of women who were allowed to work at the Pentagon. It has been almost 70 years since she’s been back, so her Wish of a Lifetime was to once again visit the Pentagon, a place that truly impacted her life.
Alta experienced two significant moments in US history: World War II and the Women’s Rights Movement. She served in the Army Signal Corps in the Pentagon from 1941 until the war ended in 1945. During that moment in history, being a woman and serving for her country demonstrated the social change that was taking place, which was a monumental time in our country’s history and paved the way for what our country has become today.
After her service, Alta got married and had one child, which was one of the best moments in her life. Now at the age of 92, Alta said that if she could do anything in the world, she wanted to return to the Pentagon. She described her four-year experience there as one of the most memorable parts of her life and she is honored to have served there. As a proud female WWII Veteran, she looked forward to revisiting the place that holds such a special place in her heart.
Thanks to Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale, on August 20, 2014, Alta’s lifelong dream became a reality. Alta traveled with her son Ronald from the small town of Kerrville, Texas to Washington, D.C.. After nearly 70 years, Alta returned to the Pentagon for a special VIP tour. After the tour, Alta and her son visited the World War II Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.