Hello MOM Family!
As things have begun to open up again in some parts of the United States after vaccine distributions, I hope you have all been able to have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend with family and friends. Today is a day to commemorate those who have served their country with everything they have. Such members of our armed forces paid the ultimate price, and deserve to be memorialized as heroes for the country and the people they laid their lives down for. Regardless of what side you may fall on the political spectrum, MOM hopes you will join us as we honor these brave individuals. The brave souls lost in the line of duty were family to someone. They were friends, fathers, sons, daughters, and mothers whose memory lives on in those whom they leave behind. We at MOM hope to honor such precious memories with respect and reverence.
MOM is a social change museum dedicated to highlighting the importance of exhibition and multidisciplinary education on the overlapping topics of maternal studies, women in society and the multicultural family. Therefore, we feel a special sense of responsibility toward honoring the women who have served with their lives in our military on this special day. Historically, women have been an essential force in American wars throughout history. Most notable examples include women’s assistance as spies, field nurses and gun loaders in battle during the revolutionary war; dedicating themselves for the creation of the nation. Additionally, women have served on the Homefront in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard in noncombatant roles since the late 1910s. WWI also saw women serve in all branches as nurses and auxiliary staff. However, women have formally served in the US armed forces in an official capacity only since WWII. The ‘We Can Do It’ mantra brought them into the fight, and revealed the cooperation of women was necessary for the victory of Allied forces.
After WWII, on June 12 1948, women were established under President Truman to be able to claim full benefits and establish military careers like their male counterparts. This allowed American women to forge a new path for future generations, and gave them well-earned rights and benefits for their dedication and service. As of 2018, June 12th was established as Women Veterans Day to remember this historic change. Following WWII, women would go on to serve in active duty in the Korean War, Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. As women continue to serve in active combat, and sacrifice their lives in service for the country, we want to honor them for their service and sacrifice. We also want to thank the families who honor them as beloved daughters, sisters and mothers; remembering them forever for the impact they had in their lives, and carrying them in their hearts. To all who have served and sacrificed for our country, Thank You.