The remarkable story behind the photo of a Marine carrying another

National Geographic is highlighting women in the military, and this photo demonstrates their strength, determination and how far they’ve come in the service.
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Just gives me chill. Look who is sitting next to Amy. Perfect timing for that. Someone else to salute. Yes. We honor those who served our country this veterans day and take a moment and salute the women who fight for our freedom. Take a look at this photo capturing just what it takes, I love it. And, yes, we salute this woman as well, Stephanie Ramos is here with the story behind it, but she is a major in the U.S. Army reserves. Thank you. Good morning, Stephanie. Good morning, thank you guys for the support. Women have been a part of the military for more than a century but today they're branching out into roles that were traditionally reserved for men. Now national geographic is highlighting women in the military, their strength, determination and how far we've come. It's the picture that's worth a thousand words. A marine sergeant in training carrying her fellow comrade. We didn't care about how we looked. More can our bodies do this. Reporter: It's featured in the November issue of national geographic. Celebrating today's woman in an ongoing project that includes this month's issue and the book "Women: The national geographic image collection." She's photos demonstrating just how far women have come marking their place in history. This is a historical document. It's all by women and it's about women and so it would be such a great opportunity if you look back in 50 years and say, you know, where were we at with women in the military? Reporter: National geographic veteran photographer Lindsay Addario whose career spans decades documenting combat Zones. You tend to photograph conflict, human rights, but women, why is that? I think that when I see other women in those arenas, I really tend to focus on them because I was always often one of very few women. Reporter: Capturing this young recruit's mental and physical toughness, framing her next to other women in their I just hope that any other woman who wants to join the military, they don't let anybody stop them and they just do what their heart wants. That's what I did and now I'm here. I hear you, sister. This project has been in the works for many years. Addario says this issue is dedicated to women produced by women, photographed by women and written by women. And, again, we want to thank you and all of those women for their service and serving as role models for all the young girls looking up to you. Thank you so much.

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