Memorial Day got its start three years after the Civil War, as a Day of Remembrance to those who lost their lives in the Civil War. Regardless of whether you are getting ready for the first big barbecue of the summer or spending the day at your favorite ballpark, take a moment or two to remember the many young men and women who lost their lives while doing battle under the American flag.
We’ve all heard the stories of the women who fought in the Civil War, but this year, I’d like to invite you to spend an extra minute or two remembering the women who dressed as men and joined the American Army to fight for our freedom from Great Britain. There are numerous sites around the web that tell the stories of these women if you’d like to learn their stories.
These were the first American Shield Sisters and they should be remembered every year. We may not know all the names, or who they were as women, mothers, wives, sisters and daughters; but they were the ones that blazed the trails for the rest of us.
In closing, in honor of all the Shield Sisters who have died fighting under the American Flag, we are starting a new Feature called “Phenomenal Women Veterans”. Each week, we will showcase one phenomenal woman who is either a Veteran (alive or dead) or a woman who has slammed through the glass ceiling and become “a first” in history, or both. This week, we are going to start the feature with a cool article inspired by an interview with Ann Dunwoody, who is the first four-star general in U.S. Army History.