Atlanta veteran celebrating her 97th birthday on Halloween

While most of the city is getting dressed up in costumes to be scared on Halloween, one Atlanta woman will be having a very different kind of celebration – her 97th birthday.

Martha Hemmans, who was born in Atlanta on Oct. 31, 1920, has had a life that was, as the Ebenezer Baptist Church bulletin stated, "on the cutting edge of history-making events." 

During World War II, Hemmans served in the Army and was honored with the American Theater Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and more. She is also a retired Atlanta Public Schools teacher, earning both her Bachelor's and Master's degree in education from Morris Brown College.

Hemmans is a life member of the sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.'s Gamma Gamma Chapter, and was recently visited by a number of her sorority sisters. In an email, a AKA sorority member said they wanted to give Hemmans a "huge salute" for her 97th birthday.

All of us at FOX 5 Atlanta wish Martha Hemmans the best on her birthday!