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    The Gray Lady service began in 1918 at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. Women volunteers acted as hostesses and provided recreational services to patients, most of whom had been injured during WW I. The women wore gray dresses and veils as uniforms and the soldiers affectionately called them "the gray ladies." The service did not become officially known as the Gray Lady Service until after World War II (1947). The term "Gray Ladies" refers to American Red Cross volunteers.

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