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People around the world know Evelyn Moore as "Sgt. Mom," and thousands have offered their support through letters and Facebook. (Source: WFXT/FOX) People around the world know Evelyn Moore as "Sgt. Mom," and thousands have offered their support through letters and Facebook. (Source: WFXT/FOX)

SOMERVILLE, MA (WFXT/FOX) - A flag will fly over the Capitol on Memorial Day in honor of a Marine who is also celebrating her 90th birthday and battling Alzheimer's disease.

U.S. Marine Sgt. Evelyn Moore, known as "Sgt. Mom," has Marine memorabilia all over her house.

Though she is battling Alzheimer's, Moore's daughter said memories of the Corps still keep her going.

"She will be in the hospital and sing the Marine Corps hymn," Mary Alice Moore said. "When she's not feeling well, she prays or sings the Marine Corps hymn."

Mary Alice Moore started a Facebook page for her mother, and thousands of letters, cards and gifts from veterans all over the world have piled in and now decorate her walls.

The elder Moore never thought of herself as beautiful or special, said to her daughter, but the outpouring of support has changed that.

In some of the letters, women Marines call her a pioneer and thank her for paving the way.

Evelyn Moore joined the Marine Corps as a 25-year-old who loved fashion and showed up to boot camp in high heels, but that quickly changed.

She got pregnant after five years of service and tried to hide it for as long as her uniform would allow.

Back then if a woman got pregnant she had to leave.

"I've always had respect for her, but now it's like I'm in awe," Mary Alice Moore said. "I mean, she's so tough, so strong, still so beautiful."

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