May 6, 2016 is Military Spouse Appreciation Day
Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day in the United States. Many United States citizens take this day to acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses of their Armed Forces.
President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members and declared May 23, 1984 the first Military Spouse Day with Proclamation 5184, dated April 17, 1984. The US Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger standardized the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day.
Each year, the US President normally commemorates this day with a ceremonial speech and proclamation.
To all Military Spouses both male and female, today, we honor you.
We honor the sacrifices you make every day when you signed up to be a part of this military life. It is not always an easy road but it is an honorable road.
The strength, resilience, and courage you have is like no other.
It is important to remember that Military Spouses serve to.
I never really thought of it that way until my husband's commander said "It is because of YOU (military spouses) taking care of the Homefront that your husband can deploy and do the mission he was meant to do." There is always a woman behind the man.
That really resonated with me. I always thought I was just doing what needed to be done. After hearing my husband's commander put it this way, I realized that it is much more than me doing what needs to be done. It is a team effort, this military life. It is one that I am proud to be a part of.
Even though we should honor our military spouses every day, I am so happy that we have a recognized day to pay special attention to our military spouses. Today, be sure to give your military spouse a HUG and tell them that you are PROUD of all that they do.
It is not always an easy road but we are stronger because it is a road we travel together.