This video was done in 2017 on the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Women in Military Service Memorial in Washington, D.C. This year, this great memorial is celebrating its 24th anniversary.
I must begin by admitting that I have been to Washington, D.C., several times and visited the famous war memorials for WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as many of the other great memorial sites and museums, but, I am sad to say, I did not know about this memorial dedicated to the service of women in our military over the course of our history. You can be assured that the next time I visit our nation’s capital, this memorial will be on my itinerary.
As you watch this video, you will meet several women who served in the past and some who are currently serving. Each will give you a little insight into how important this memorial has become for all of the women who have served in uniform. As a Vietnam veteran, I can tell you how important that memorial has been for my generation of warriors. Because of this, I can also imagine how important The Women in Military Service Memorial must be to the millions of women who have served so willingly and so courageously over our history without this kind of recognition and to those who continue to serve today.
This memorial finally recognizes the dedication, courage, and service that women have given to this country from the beginning. It was a long time coming, but I hope that this memorial becomes a major venue in our nation’s capital for learning about this very important part of our national and military history.
This memorial is actually located at the gates of Arlington National Cemetery. This building is an older building that was taken over in 1997 and developed into the present museum and memorial dedicated to the service of America’s women in the military. I am embarrassed to say that I remember the architectural lines of this building, but I was too focused on getting into Arlington to visit some of the veterans I knew were buried there and to see the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and missed the importance of this old building and what it now houses. I will not make that mistake again.
It is our hope here at the Veterans Site that our readers who make a trip to Washington, D.C., in the future will make a point of visiting this important memorial. The service of women in the military has a long and constantly evolving history. As you listen to each of the women interviewed for this video, I think you will see and hear how that history is still being shaped by the young women in the services today and that it is built upon the sturdy foundations of all the women who have served before.
Yes, the face of courage is changing. And we honor all who have the courage to put on the uniforms of our military services and give their time, talent, and, if necessary, their lives to protect and defend the Constitution of The United States of America.Whizzco