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This Veterans Day, remember to honor all the men and women who have worn the uniform and fought for our freedom. To all who answered their country’s call, we appreciate your sacrifice and thank you for your service. Photo at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall & Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. by National Park Service.

“74 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, we endure as a nation dedicated to affirming the inherent dignity of every person—even in the face of unspeakable violence. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said the day after the attack, "the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.” On this day, let us honor the memory of all who gave their lives so that President Roosevelt’s words could be realized, and let us resolve to uphold the legacy of our country, for which generations of brave men and women have fought and sacrificed.“ —President Obama on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Honor Memorial DayWorld War II Memorial, Washington DC

Today, May 25th, is the annual commemoration of all the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. Keep them in your memory today, and always.

(Jeff Kubina)

In 1943, Soviet housewife Mariya Oktyabrskaya got a letter from the military informing her that her husband had died in the Battle of Kiev two years earlier. Mariya didn’t shed any tears over her loss. The only thing she wanted to shed was Nazi blood. So she sold all her belongings and contacted the military with an offer: She would honor her husband’s memory by buying them a brand new T-34 tank to wreck Nazi shit.

She had one stipulation: She would be the one driving it.

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“Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day has its origins in the observances of organized women’s groups who would come together and use flowers to decorate the graves of loved ones who died in the Civil War.”

“WWI: Over 24,000 women served in World War I half of whom were nurses in the Navy, Army, and Red Cross.”

“WWII: From 1942-1945, while men fought in the battlefront of World War II, over 18 million women filled the civilian and defense positions created is the country’s shift to wartime productions.”

“Today: In Iraq, the front line is everywhere and everywhere in Iraq, women in the U.S. military fight. More than 155,000 of them have served in Iraq since 2003. This is 4 times the number of women sent to Desert Storm in 1991- and more than 430 have been wounded and over 70 killed. This is almost twice the number of U.S. military women killed in action in Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm combined.”

“Military Pioneers:

•During the Mexican War, Elizabeth C. Newcume, in male attire, was brought into military service at Fort Leavenworth in September 1847. She served ten months and spent time fighting Indians at Dodge City until her sex was discovered and she was discharged.

•The first woman to receive The Medal of Honor was Dr. Mary E. Walker, a contract surgeon during the Civil War.

•The first woman to receive The Purple Heart was Annie G. Fox while serving at Hickam Field during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7 1941.

•Loretta Walsh was the first woman to enlist in March 1917.

•The first military all women band was the Women’s Army Band organized at Fort Des Moines in 1942. It was led by then sergeant, MaryBelle Nissly.

•In 1967 Master Sergeant Barbara J. Dulinsky, who had volunteered for duty in Vietnam, reported to the Military Assistance Command in Saigon – the first woman Marine ordered to a combat zone.

•In 1990 Commander Darlene Iskra became the first woman to command a U.S. Navy ship – the U.S.S. Opportune.”

BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA, Srebrenica : A Bosnian woman © mourns at the freshly dug grave of her brother on July 11, 2015 at the Potocari Memorial Center near the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, where 136 bodies found in mass grave sites in eastern Bosnia will be reburied on 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. Thousands of people were pouring into Srebrenica today to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the massacre of thousands of Muslims in the worst mass killing in Europe since World War II. The remains of 136 newly-identified victims were to be laid to rest alongside more than 6,000 others already buried at a memorial centre just outside the eastern Bosnian town.  AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF