As we approach this coming Memorial Day, I considered this holiday in a little different way. Since Armed Forces Day is also celebrated in May – on the third Saturday each year – I decided to broaden the subject.
Traditionally it was men who marched off to serve their country, in peacetime and in war. Eventually, for various reasons, women became a part of the military as well. In the beginning, the roles of women were supportive. They worked in offices and in hospitals. Today, women work in a wide variety of jobs in the armed forces, and their duties continue to expand.