Our brave soldiers are our first line of defense in times of war and peace. Even braver are their spouses who send off a loved one to battle with a smile on their faces. Each day away from their spouse away at the war front or training to fight a battle is a huge sacrifice. Every year the Friday prior to Mother’s day is celebrated as Military Spouse Appreciation day and acknowledges the sacrifice made by the spouse of a military member. The origin of the day can be traced back to 1984 and has been a tradition since President Regan’s declaration on 23rd May,1984.
In the 1980’s, when the Cold War was at its peak, US had a very large armed force always prepared for any sudden hostile movement. These military personnel were constantly engaged in various activities away from home, due to deployment at strategic posts, on covert missions or in training camps while their spouses managed the responsibility and care of their families single-handedly. The origins of the day that appreciated our brave military spouses can be tracked to the efforts of the Reagan administration who wished to honor their unsung sacrifice to the country.
The highlight of the day’s celebrations is the president’s proclamation and ceremonial speech reminding us of the importance of the day. Military Spouse Appreciation day was celebrated on 8th of May this year and was marked by various activities like educational workshops, appreciation luncheons and employment fairs for the spouses of our brave warriors. Acting as a tower of strength for our soldiers, these military spouses manage the home and family. It is this selfless contribution of their spouses that allow the members of our armed forces to continue to serve our motherland with selfless dedication at all times.
Dedicated to the spouses of our military personnel, the importance of the day is evident from the significance attached to the celebrations by all Americans. Details of how to celebrate the day are left to the individual groups as they plan various activities to honor the contributions of our military spouses. Our armed forces commemorate the day with various special programs and events that honor military spouses. Military spouses are the support system of our brave sons and daughters who have dedicated their lives to preserve the honor of our beloved country.
Military spouses are the unsung heroes who are content to stay away from the limelight and silently fulfil their commitment to home and country. These silent heroes are the wind beneath the wings, the source of strength and inspiration for our soldiers during their deployment on various missions as well as in helping them reintegrate into society on their return. America celebrates Military Spouse Appreciation day in recognition of the risks undertaken by our soldiers and their families. Many interesting activities are organized in appreciation of this support system for the members of our military forces to mark the importance of the day.
"Prosper where you’re planted."
"If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them!"
"The military is my husband's mistress and sometimes that b*tch gets all the attention."
"My husband risks his life so you can run your mouth."
"Live each day like he deploys tomorrow."
"Don’t confuse your rank with my authority."
"You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have."
"If the military wanted you to have a wife, they would have issued you one."
"Home is where the military sends you."