Military Spouse Appreciation Day (also referred to as Military Spouse Day) has been celebrated since May 23, 1984, by proclamation of President Ronald Reagan.
President Reagan understood the importance the military family plays in supporting service members in providing duty to our country. Military Spouses maintain the homefront, allowing the service member to focus their attentions to the details that protect the freedoms of our countrymen, here and abroad.
A distracted soldier (airman, marine, coastie, guardsman) is dangerous, to themselves and others; and unable to complete the task with the precision necessary.
As a Military Spouse, we are the "geographical single parents", the dog walker, school liaison for our family, nurse aid, cheerleader at sports and in everyday life ... the jack of all trades ... and proficient in many.
The US Secretary of Defense, has continued the tradition of recognizing Military Spouses by declaring the Friday before Mother's Day as Military Spouse Day. Each year the President may issue a proclamation and give a speech on the importance of Military Spouses and appreciation of their service to the US Military.
While only 1% of our population serves in the Armed Forces, there are many behind the scenes. They are the silent warriors, they may not wear camouflage or a uniform, but their dedication is evident. They are the rocks that provide the solid foundation for their spouse, family, and country. They are the hands that hold those when in need; they are the cleaning crew when a tornado ravages neighborhoods. Car washes, bake sales, fundraisers, yard sales ... all in the name of giving back to others.
I am humbled by President Reagan's honor bestowed upon the Military Spouse, and for continued support of our Military Spouses, Family, and Our Troops, by our Presidents and fellow Americans.
As an Army Spouse, I want to say Thank You to my fellow military spouses, to our service members and to those that Support Our Heroes.