Memorial Day 2018: Celebrating Women in the Military

Memorial Day 2018: Celebrating Women in the Military

On this Memorial Day 2018, Love Happens and home decor brand KOKET are celebrating women in the military and all they do to support the preservation of our freedom!
Around the world, on and off the battlefield, army wives and mothers – officially or not, women have been a part of armed forces throughout history.
Some of our readers may notice this post is slightly out of character from our typical high-fashion and luxury interior design focused pieces, but as a female-oriented brand and one that so highly admires empowered women we wanted to be sure to take the opportunity to observe the true meaning behind Memorial Day and thank all the women around the world who play a role in protecting our freedoms so that we can continue to enjoy and create beautiful things!
Here is a collection of images from across the web of astoundingly talented, beautiful, strong, powerful women who either serve in the armed forces now, did so in the past, or who support their spouses’ service.
 
Memorial Day 2017: The Original Fly Girls, WASP
Women in the US were first granted military status on May 15, 1942. This group of female pilots, some of the original fly girls, from the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) is shown here leaving their B-17, called Pistol Packin’ Mama, carrying their parachutes. Perhaps not the traditional definition of a glamorous job, but certainly one warranting the utmost respect and one full of adventure and excitement!
 Memorial Day 2017: Nancy Wake "The White Mouse"
One of the most glamorous and intriguing women in the history of the armed forces was Nancy Wake, named by the Gestapo ‘The White Mouse’ of World War II for the way she skillfully avoided them. A seductive glamour girl before the war, she became one of the most powerful and sly British agents working in German-occupied France during World War II. To learn more about Ms. Wake’s amazing life check out her obituary in the Washington Post here, a wonderful tribute to this amazing military women!
We came across this image and caption on Pinterest and felt it was a perfect message for this post!
Memorial Day 2017: While you carry a purse, she carries a 65lb rucksack. While you shop with your girlfriends, she cleans her rifle with her battle buddies. When you wear heels, she wears combat boots. Instead of the make-up that you wear on your face to make yourself look pretty, she paints her face camouflage. While you kiss your husband goodbye for the day, she kisses hers goodbye for the year. Don't forget about the women who serve our country and protect our freedom! God bless our troops!
Thank you to the military mothers who leave their children behind to serve our country!
Memorial Day 2017: Military mother
And to this beautiful female soldier whose message regarding women in Afghanistan is so painfully eye-opening and wonderfully empowering.
Memorial Day 2017: Female soldier in Afghanistan
Thank you to the military wives who support their husbands and share them with our country.
The woman shown below was one of a group of distressed military wives who went topless in 2012 to gain awareness for their husbands who struggle with PTSD without getting the care they need. These women are war heroes in their own right!
Memorial Day 2017: Army wives fight against PTSD
We also would like to call attention to a wonderful article published by Vogue earlier this year featuring women in the American armed forces through a series of images by photographer Jackie Nickerson. Here are some of our favorite shots – check out the full article here.
Memorial Day 2017: Vogue article, Jackie Nickerson photography
Memorial Day 2017: Vogue article, Jackie Nickerson photography
Memorial Day 2017: Vogue article, Jackie Nickerson photography
And thank you to all the women around the world who fight for their country’s rights!
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