Military Women’s Memorial: A little known gem preserving HERstory
Phyllis Wilson, a retired Army veteran of 37 years and President of the Military Women’s Memorial Foundation, joins us to talk about the Memorial and two important campaigns to preserve history and honor a group of female veterans.
The Military Women’s Memorial is the United States’ only major national memorial to honor the more than 3 million women who have served in the military since the American Revolution.
Like many of you who have visited Arlington National Cemetery, we have passed by the beautiful Military Women’s Memorial without realizing its significance OR the travel stories, life journeys and rich legacy of American Women’s Military history it maintains.
Behind the beautiful walls of the Memorial’s Hemicycle structure is a 33,000 square foot building that provides educational programs and exhibits. Its latest exhibit is called: The Color of Freedom: Honoring the Diversity of America’s Servicewomen.
The building also houses the only historical repository documenting all military women’s service.
“Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”Winston Churchill
Preserving the historical accounts of women’s service in the military is important. That’s why Military Women’s Memorial has launched a challenging, but important mission: to record the stories of EVERY woman who served or continues to serve our country through a free national registry.
Currently only 300,000 military women, ranging in age from 24 to 104, have included their stories in the registry. That’s just 10% of the 3 million who have served since the American Revolution. The Memorial Foundation seeks to capture the millions of inspiring stories that have yet to be told and they need your help.
To Register HERstory click HERE.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: It is a privilege and honor to raise a greater awareness about the Military Women’s Memorial and the legacy of women in the military, past and present. They are history makers, trailblazers and glass ceiling breakers whose shoulders we all stand on. We need to hear more of their stories so please share this interview with everyone you know so that their stories can be registered and preserved.
We are eternally grateful to all of our service men and women, including our audio editor, Ed Cole, a Marine for life. We say ‘thank you’ for preserving the freedoms we enjoy every day. As former Congressman Allen West said, we can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate.”