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In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation's first elected black governor as he took the oath of office in Richmond.

On Sept. 25, 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court.

Monday was my 90th Memorial Day. My husband fought in Korea and struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder for the remainder of his life. My deceased son, a captain in the U.S. Air Force, gave the best years of his life in protecting this nation. He was named for a family friend who, when shot and killed in Korea, gave what President Lincoln called that last full measure of devotion. For them, and for the countless others like them who kept their oaths to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution, I will shed tears of sadness and pride.