According to the classic film Gone With the Wind , "War is men's business, not ladies'".
But that wasn't the case for the thousands of women who risked their lives during the First and Second World Wars, whether they were nurses and ambulance drivers at the front, or those who joined resistance movements throughout Europe.
The contribution of those women has often been overlooked but yesterday the Princess Royal paid tribute to officially opening the Royal British Legion Women's Section Memorial Garden at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire.
The official opening ceremony included a service of remembrance with six doves being released. Princess Anne's personal standard was unfurled by local cadets while a bugler played The Last Post and Reveille.
Princess Royal, who is president of the Women's Section, made a short speech before touring the plots of the regiments for which she is Colonel in Chief, including The King's Royal Hussars, Royal Logistics Corps, Worcestershire and Sherwood Association, Forester's Regiment, Blues and Royal Association, Royal Signals and the WRENS Association.
She finished at The Normandy Veterans garden, where veterans were paying their own poignant tribute to fallen comrades as her visit coincided with the 61st anniversary of D-Day.
Princess Anne followed in the footsteps of her parents and the Prince of Wales, who attended events at the Arboretum in 2002.
More than 300 members of the Women's Section, which includes women currently serving in the armed forces, ex-servicewomen and female dependants of past and present servicemen and women, attended a reception, where Princess Anne talked to them about their work.
During her visit, the Princess met national chairwoman of the Women's Section Barbara Frankland, president of the Royal British Legion Commander the Earl of Essingham, and Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire James Hawley.
She contributed to the thousands of trees being planted at the 150-acre site alongside the River Tame by planting a maple.
The Arboretum, within the National Forest, is designed to be a living and lasting focus of remembrance for people of all walks of life.
The Women's Section purchased a triangular 182 square-metre plot at the Arboretum last year, and the space was specifically designed to express calmness and femininity.
A path, giving easy wheelchair access, leads through the lawns to the elegant focal point of the garden - a Cadeby Limestone plinth and memorial plaque.
Diane Myers, National Secretary of the Women's Section, said: "The garden is dedicated to members and friends from the past, in the present, and long into the future.
"In years to come, the blue of the rosemary for Remembrance, and the scent of the lavender for those whose sight has diminished, will mingle with gold and silver of the maple and silver birch trees."
The Women's Section of The Royal British Legion, formed in 1921, is made up of a countrywide network of 1,400 branches with a membership of more than 65,000 women.
Members are dedicated to raising funds to provide for those in need - the wives and widows of ex-servicemen, exservicewomen and their dependants.