Today is one of the most important days of the year, Veteran’s Day. It is that time of year where we honor our Veterans and thank them for all they have done. Really, there is nothing we could do to ever repay them for their service and sacrifice, but a ‘thank you’ can go a long way. The men and women who fought, died, and are fighting for this country are some of the biggest heroes this nation could ever have. I think, in honor of these heroes and in honor of Veteran’s Day, we continue the #19DaysofSuffrage campaign by reflecting on those who have sacrificed to provide our freedoms. Take a moment and thank a Veteran, have your kids sit down and talk with a Veteran, get them to think about how everything this one person did ensured our freedoms we have today.
After the quality time with a Veteran, get the whole family together and think about these questions.
- Do you have heroes in your family?
- Who is your hero?
- Are they Military or Non-Military?
Share your thoughts in the comments below and give a shout out to your heroes.
While reflecting on your heroes, take a moment to think about all the women fighters in the military. Did you know it wasn’t until 1948 when congress passed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act? This granted women permanent status in the military subject to military authority and regulations and entitled to veterans benefits. Women served in the military long before that Act was signed. In fact, in WWI, 400,000 women served at home and abroad as mechanics, ambulance drives, pilots, administrators, nurses, and in other non-combat roles. However, it wasn’t until 1948 when they were granted benefits and permanent status. That was only 67 years ago. Think about how far we have come and how far we still have to go.
Take this moment and also share your thoughts on what it means to be a woman in our Suffragette: The 19 Days of Suffrage Giveaway. You could win a beautiful Suffragette Promotional Pack featuring a tote bag, bracelet, journal and mini poster.
You can also download our free Suffragette Study guide to provide a little background information about the women’s movement for equality.