Patriotism Runs in the Family

A Tribute to Generations of Military Women

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Women patriots, women warriors, women leaders–these are the military women of yesterday and today. As communities across the nation pause during Women’s History Month (WHM)to reflect on the countless contributions and diverse legacy of American women, the Women’s Memorial Foundation is proud to take part in this month-long commemoration each March by celebrating America’s servicewomen.

The National Theme
The national theme for this year’s observance, Generations of Women Moving History Forward, provides an excellent platform to highlight an emerging trend in the lives of American military women—families with multi-generations of military women. From the American Revolution to the Global War on Terrorism, and every era in between, military women have stood alongside men and made their mark as patriots, warriors and leaders. These patriots, warriors and leaders are also our daughters, mothers and grandmothers. Military service has long been a family tradition, with generations of fathers and sons donning the uniform of their country. More and more, building such a legacy is not exclusive to the men of the family, as mothers and daughters choose to perform their patriotic duty as military members, too. America’s military women are changing history, making history and moving history forward.

2007 Poster Release
As part of its tribute to military women, the Foundation is pleased to announce the release of its 2007 WHM poster Patriotism Runs in the Family. This full-color, display-quality poster features images of women from each of the US Armed Forces who are from a family with multi-generations of servicewomen–daughters, mothers and grandmothers. Showcasing women as role models, the poster highlights their emerging responsibility to create and sustain a tradition of military service for the women of their family as well as the men. This exciting poster stimulates pride in America’s servicewomen and encourages discussion about women’s changing family, workplace and national roles.

In addition, the Foundation is delighted to publish its first-ever online WHM kit to accompany this year’s poster. Designed to compliment the poster as a teaching tool, the WHM kit includes a host of materials to support classroom discussion and encourage further study, as well as the opportunity to learn more about the women featured on the poster. The Foundation also invites you to check out other sections of our Web site like “History & Collections” or “News & Events,” where you’re sure to find a wealth of resources to help you include military women in your WHM celebrations.

With Many Thanks
Through the generous and continued support of our loyal partners, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and AMVETS (American Veterans) and the assistance of the American Library Association, the free posters will be displayed at military installations and Department of Defense schools worldwide, veteran’s facilities and colleges across the nation, and at hundreds of school libraries.

When the Foundation put out the all-call in December, looking for information about servicewomen who come from multi-generational families, the response we received was absolutely overwhelming. Hundreds of women phoned and e-mailed the Foundation, volunteering to be part of this special project. Although the poster features only five families of military women, our heart-felt thanks goes out to all the servicewomen who shared their stories with us.

(March 2007)

2007 Patriotism Runs in the Family WHM Kit

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