Honoring Military Women—Past, Present and Future
Duty. Honor. Pride. These words reflect the spirit of generations of Americans who have sought to defend the rights and freedom of others. At the Women In Military Service For America Memorial, these words come to life in the stories and memories of the nearly two million women who have served in defense of our nation.
The Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc., the non-profit organization established to build the Memorial, continues to raise the funds needed to operate and maintain the Memorial Education Center.
Led by retired Air Force Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, the Foundation broke ground on June 22, 1995, for the only major national memorial in our nation’s history to honor and pay tribute to all servicewomen of the United States Armed Forces—past, present and future. Dedication was October 18, 1997. The Women’s Memorial officially opened to the public on October 20, 1997.
The history of women in the armed forces began more than 220 years ago with the women who served during the American Revolution and continues through the present day. The Women’s Memorial honors all the women who have served courageously, selflessly and with dedication in times of conflict and in times of peace—women whose achievements have for too long been unrecognized or ignored.
Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught (Ret), President of the Women in Military Service to America Memorial Foundation (WMSA), reminded each woman who served in the military to register at the WMSA website – http://www.womensmemorial.org – to ensure that they will not be written out of history.
The Women in Military Service to America is a 2014 Partner of the National Women’s History Project