I Love My Soldier: Military Spouse Appreciation Day - May 6, 2005

Jason was activated 01/31/2005
His deployment ended
and he returned home 05/13/2006
(a very long 15 1/2 months)


Friday, May 06, 2005

Military Spouse Appreciation Day - May 6, 2005

America's military has realized and acknowledged the significance of the military spouse. In 1984 President Reagan proclaimed the Friday before Mother's Day of each year to be Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Friday, May 6, 2005 has been designated to honor and thank our homefront heroes—the men and women who support their uniformed spouses as they face the the challenges of military service.

"For the times you've stood and watched a ship sail from the harbor, an aircraft disappear into the clouds, or a truck convoy pull out of sight, not sure when they would return....We thank you...."

"for making difficult sacrifices of your own, nurturing your families, and keeping the home fires burning, so your deployed spouse can focus on the business at hand"

"for answering the question,"how many days till daddy comes home?" two hundred plus times"

"for keeping a marriage alive through letters, care packages, and 10 minute phone calls "

"for being a single parent although you are still married to your children's father, spending anniversaries, holidays, birthdays, and other special times without your deployed spouse"

~ The Military Spouse ~

"...Military spouses do not want sympathy or pity.
We want people to realize we’re doing our best
to support the war effort
by keeping the home front running.
We fight daily to stay focused on our work,
and care for our homes, livelihood, children, and jobs.
All the while, we send packages and letters
to our loved ones far away to raise their morale.
Each day brings a new challenge to overcome,
another task to perform on our own —
the car needing repair,
the dishwasher leaking,
a pest problem, the children being ill.
We care for everything on the home front
so our loved ones can carry on their mission
without worrying about things at home.
We want them to know we love and miss them,
We want them to know we are proud of them,
and we will endure any challenge that comes our way
because we love them,
we believe in them and we are committed
to the cause they have undertaken.
We know our loved ones’ duties
and responsibilities to the military and the nation,
but that doesn’t make it easier to say goodbye
when they leave.
We never get used to them leaving,
but we learn how to adapt and cope."

~ Military Wife ~

"...I look at the empty place at the table.
Not only is my heart broken. It is angry.
I ask God ‘Why?’
Why did they have to take him this time?
Can’t they take someone else?’
God in all his infinite wisdom replied,
‘I have chosen you for this special mission in life.
You are strong, yet soft.
You are an independent individual,
yet you can depend upon yourself when duty calls.
You have the ability to handle a crisis in a manner
that makes me proud to call you My Child.
You are unique. You are special.
You have been chosen.
Hold your head high.
You are a military wife.’”

"Distance is a horrible thief of what is precious,
because it only reminds us of how precious it is"

Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 6th)
is part of Military Appreciation Month
(The entire month of May)


At 8:37 AM, Blogger GI Wife said...

Happy Military Spouses Day!!

At 8:05 PM, Blogger Julie said...

Happy Military Spouses Day to you as well!! God bless you and your family!


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