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The National Museum of the Marine Corps received a life-sized monument to honor the service of women in the military.
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The National Museum of the Marine Corps received a life-sized monument to honor the service of women in the military.

The first female statue at Semper Fidelis Park outside the National Museum of the Marine Corps was dedicated this week. Molly Marine, a life-sized monument to the service of women in the Marine Corps, is located near her iconic counterpart, Iron Mike.

Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter, the first three-star general in the U.S. military, was there to celebrate.

"There are four major icons in the Marine Corps here — male Marines — that everybody in the Marine Corps has always heard about," said Mutter. "And women have always been a smaller percentage of the Marine Corps, so not everybody understands what they have done, and the contributions are so extraordinarily important to us."

The statue is one of only four Molly Marines in the country, and the first to find a permanent position of honor at the National Marine Museum.

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