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League of Women Voters of Berks County celebrates milestones

Last year was one filled with some big milestones for women.

It marked the 100th anniversaries of the adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote as well as the founding of the League of Women Voters.

Unfortunately, COVID threw a wrench in the works, forcing events recognizing those events to be delayed.

The wait didn’t dull the enthusiasm, however. On Saturday, dozens gathered at City Park to commemorate the two historic moments.

The League of Women Voters of Berks County held a special ceremony with local dignitaries and members of the public to celebrate the milestones and to mark the occasion with a lasting reminder.

The league had planted a centennial tree in City Park last fall, but the actual tree dedication took place Saturday.

“Times were troubled, but the new league took root and grew,” Renee Dietrich, chairwomen of the Centennial Tree Committee, said last year about the founding of the nonpartisan organization. “When planting the centennial tree, we remember and honor all those who worked hard to educate and involve people in government and rededicate ourselves to the founding aims and ideals of the League of Women Voters.”

The tree was purchased with donations from members of the league and the Berks County Women’s Suffrage Committee. And it was planted with the assistance of the city’s Public Works Department.

Many of the people who spoke at the event Saturday reminded those in the crowd that they should not let the memories of the sacrifices and work of so many so long ago fade. But, they said, that work is not done.

Source: Berkshire mont

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