Who are The SixTripleEight? Join us at the Reser on Nov. 14th, 7pm
While attending the Bush Leadership Institute, I had the opportunity to watch The SixTripleEight, a documentary about the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion from WWII.
The unit consisted of Black, Hispanic, and Puerto Rican women from 40 states and Puerto Rico. It was the only such Women Army Corps (WAC) Unit to be deployed overseas during WWII. When they arrived, they faced the impossible task of clearing millions of pieces of backlogged mail. They endured harsh conditions, like rats and freezing weather as they worked around the clock. They cleared 17.5 million pieces of mail over their tour of duty, making sure troops and other workers stayed in touch with loved ones back home.
I remember how special it was to receive letters from home while I served in the Army. The story of the 6888th battalion had been untold until now. It took over 76 years, but these women were finally recognized for their service with the Congressional Gold Medal just a few months ago.
In honor of Veterans Day (11/11), I hope you will join me in watching this amazing story as we bring it to The Reser on November 14 at 7 p.m. The cost is $7/ticket; free for veterans and active duty.
Lacey Beaty was elected Mayor of Beaverton in 2020. Prior to serving as Mayor, she served for six years on the Beaverton City Council.