After leaving the Lincoln Memorial , you and your girlfriends walk across the Arlington Bridge , which separates Washington , DC from Arlington , Virginia .
As you walk across the bridge , a plane bound for Ronald Reagan National Airport is flying over your head .
Too low over your head one of your girlfriends think . Your 30 Plus Teams Tour was supposed to take you to Arlington National Cemetery , but instead you’re going to another part of the cemetery .
It’s the first building that you see right after you leave the information building .
It’s easy to see how anyone would miss the this building .
It’s the Women in Military Service For America Memorial .
Not too many people know about this memorial , which is dedicated to the women who served in all four branches of the United States military .
When you get back home , you’re going to tell everyone to make this memorial one to visit when you’re in Washington DC .
One of the many exhibits tells the story of the first army nurses during the Civil War .
Hello Clara Barton , founder of the American Red Cross .
You all see the exhibits on women in Iraq and Afghanistan , as well as post 9- 11 .
The four of you sit down on one of the benches and listen to the stories of the women who served .
You can’t believe that some of them went through post traumatic stress , just like the male soldiers did .
You all learned how long it took to have a statue of the nurses who were in Vietnam .
Surprisingly , most of the opposition came from some of the nurses who served themselves .
A lot of them didn’t want to remember what they went through .
You notice an exhibit on the service women who were killed .
After looking at the exhibition on women who served in World War I I and Korea , you all leave .
There’s more to see in Arlington National Cemetery .
After leaving a donation for the memorial , you all sign in the guest book that’s next to the donation boxes .
One of the girls wrote :
” GOD BLESS YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY . ”