Michelle Obama Observes Women’s History in Va.

Published March 5, 2009

Earlier this week, Michelle Obama visited a Virginia memorial for women in the military in commemoration of Women’s History Month.

At the Women in Military Service for American Memorial Center at Arlington National Cemetery, Mrs. Obama spoke in front of an audience that included some members of the military and Congress. While service members are away; spouses, grandparents and parents care for the children, she said.

“Military families have done their duty and we, as a grateful nation, must do ours. We must do everything in our power to honor them by supporting them, not just by words but by deeds,” Mrs. Obama told the crowd.

She also took time to honor the accomplishments of military women now and throughout U.S. history. Two of the highest ranking women – including the first woman to become a four-star general, Gen. Ann Dunwoody and the Coast Guard’s Vice Admiral Vivien Crea – were mentioned by Mrs. Obama; in addition to Alyce Dixon and Mary Ragland who, as part of an all-Black group, worked as company clerks in the Central Postal Directory Battalion during World War II.

 “These women and thousands of others set a standard or excellence that enables women who serve today to take on even greater responsibilities,” she said. Since her husband’s presidential campaign, the first lady has said she’d make helping military families a priority.

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