National Communication Association
She plays a familiar character in our nation's war stories and she has a warm place in our nation's heart. She is the patriotic mother, a cultural symbol of bravery and sacrifice, stoicism and silence. Her image may reflect our historical understanding of the mothers of combat soldiers, but the story the national press tells about the mothers of U.S. soldiers in the Iraq War does not quite match these cultural expectations.
Garner, Ana C. and Slattery, Karen L., "Patriotic Motherhood and the Iraq War" (2007). College of Communication Faculty Research and Publications. 213.