Today is Military Spouse Day. When we think of the sacrifices that the brave men and women in our armed forces make everyday, it is easy to lose sight of the courage and sacrifice their spouses and families make as well. Having a loved one so many miles away and in harm’s way weighs heavily on their every waking moment. Yet their strength and commitment are a rock on which the troops rely on. Soldiers draw their fortitude in large part from the support of cherished loved ones back home.
Military Spouse Day falls on the Friday before Mother’s Day each year. It has been observed since 1984, when President Ronald Reagan called attention to the sacrifices that spouses of military members make and the fact that such sacrifices often do not receive the same notice or recognition.
Yesterday, first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, hosted a gathering at the White House to recognize both spouses and mothers of soldiers.
Today if you have the chance, thank a wife or husband of a soldier and remember the sacrifices they make in their lives everyday.