In Honor of Veterans Day: The Army’s First Statue of a Female Soldier

I think Maya Angelou said it best: “How important it is for us to remember our heroes and she-roes.”

Today, we here at Rue pause to thank all of our veterans, men and women both, for their untiring dedication to our country.

Especially inspiring? The Army’s newest addition: a statue of a female solider, the first of its kind to be placed on a military base, unveiled last week in Fort Lee, Virginia.

In the words of The Daily Beast: 

While the statue is a tribute to all women soldiers, it was designed to commemorate those who served in our most recent wars, a significant step by the U.S. Army to recognize and honor the part women play in military operations. The figure is dressed in modern combat equipment and carries a loaded M4 rifle…. It’s refreshing to finally see a public display showing the rifle and gear worn by a woman. A powerful tribute to the burden that women have carried in combat.

I’ll never fail to be amazed by how far we’ve come.

Read more on The Daily Beast.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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November 11, 2013