WOMEN IN THE US MILITARY PRIVATE TOUR
Since the American War of Independence (1775 –1783) till the present, women have participated in the US military services. At first, they had to hide their identity and dress like men to be able to serve.
The draft for military service ended in 1973. In the all-volunteer force today, 16 percent of the enlisted forces and 18 percent of the officer corps are women.
Let's pay tribute to the brave women at the memorials with emphasis on symbolism to be pointed out by our licensed Washington, DC tour guides.
Duration: 4 Hours
Here we shall remember the women who, driven by their patriotism, joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) to help build warplanes in the factories across the U.S. and around the world. The name of the lane within the memorial is The Home Front.
Shows over 2400 photographs from the National Archives, some representing the nurses and other female personnel who supported the military forces in what is often called "The Forgotten War".
While we may not see any portrayals of women at this famous landmark, you'll hear the stories of Clara Barton and Marian Anderson, who did not wear a uniform, but in their own unique ways brought about changes to women's status in the military.
Here, we remember the thousands of women who served in the Vietnam War. Most of them were volunteers. Although 90 percent were military nurses, women with other professions served there as well. The eight trees surrounding this memorial symbolize the eight women who died in the Vietnam War, and their names are engraved on the Memorial's wall. Some compare the sculpture of the nurse, caring for the wounded marine, to Michelangelo's "Pieta."
Here we pause to remember the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001. All 184 victims are memorized by benches with names etched in. Some of them were military women stationed in the Pentagon. Our tour guide will guide you through while narrating the symbolisms of this memorial to all those who perished on that tragic day.