While troops went off to battle in World War II, Mary Bradley headed to school with the dream of becoming an Army nurse.
"Back then, I think, it was you were thinking more of the troops and the casualties and to learn something to help the injured," she said.
Providing that help turned into a 50-year nursing career for Bradley. She is one of 40 Army Nurse Corps retirees who participated in this year's Veterans Day parade.
"I think it's wonderful that it [the Nurse corps] is being recognized, making us aware of it being the 100th anniversary," she said.
Mary Dickey was an Army nurse from 1971 until she retired in 1998 as a colonel from the Womack Army Medical Center. She said the role of the Army nurse dates back all the way back to the 1700s.
"[You can] find actual documentation from Gen. George Washington, saying what they really need to make troops fit to fight is a few good nurses," she said.
Dickey said it is important that this chapter of military history is not forgotten.
"Being a part of the Army is not just today, but it's also being a part of the community tomorrow," she said.
Although the Nurse Corps holds its centennial celebration this year, the actual anniversary is in February.