The Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery was founded by the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation. The memorial which is the only national memorial that honors the three million who’ve served our country was the perfect place for us to kick of Women’s History Month. We encourage you to get down to Arlington and see if for yourself but before you go, here are some fast facts:
- The memorial honors the three million women who have served our nation, beginning with the American Revolution.
- Women didn’t serve in the military in an official capacity until WW
- The building was originally a gateway into Arlington National Cemetery, built in 1932
- The gateway was repurposed to become the current 30,000-square foot Women’s Memorial.
- Architects won a contest to design the building
- 40,000 people attended the dedication of the Women’s Memorial
- Two women from WWI attended the dedication, one woman spoke stating that when she was in the Navy, women weren’t even allowed to vote.
- The Women’s Memorial is open from 8 am – 5pm 364 days a year. It is closed on Christmas Day.