The First Lady went to the Women In Military Service For America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to kick off Women’s History Month, and reminded some veterans of an earlier First Lady – Eleanor Roosevelt who hosted teas for military women at the White House, which may become a habit at her house again!
Our present First Lady has made it clear that military families are a priority with her, a priority echoed by the President in his speech at LeJeune (see posts below) Mrs. Obama highlighted the achievements of Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the first female four-star general, and Vice Admiral Vivien Crea of the U.S. Coast Guard as well as the assistant secretary at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran.
Even as she talked about the women in the military, she remembered the family members who support them.
“They are mothers and fathers who have lost their beloved children to war; they are husbands and wives keeping the families on track while their wives and husbands are deployed on duty,” she said. “They are grandparents, aunts and uncles, and sisters and brothers who are taking care of children while single moms or dads in uniform are away.”
Mrs. Obama discussed her meetings and roundtables during the campaign, when she met and talked with many military families. She reminded the nation of what she and the President have pointed out before.
“Military families have done their duty, and we as a grateful nation must do ours,” she said. “We must do everything in our power to honor them, by supporting them, not just by words but by deeds. It’s my hope that future generations will honor men and women in uniform by … never taking the blessings of freedom for granted.”
We will be highlighting and discussing more women in the military, as well as the women who are spouses, mothers, aunts, grandmothers and sisters. Please, let us know of a woman who made a difference in your life; let us know of a woman in the military or a military family, who makes one now.