May is a special month for those in and out of the military. It is a month full of remembrance and appreciation — That’s why it’s called Military Appreciation Month. Not only do we remember the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our country on days like Memorial Day, but we honor them throughout the month with other special military events like Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Armed Forces Day.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan dedicated May 7th as a day to celebrate military spouses by marking it as Military Spouse Appreciation Day — It has been celebrated ever since. We know that military spouses are the glue that holds their family together. That’s why we want to acknowledge their hard work because we know their job is far from easy. In fact, military spouses have the most significant impact on our lives and military communities.
We want to appreciate:
Your ability to hope each and every day — Not only hoping everything will turn out okay, but being okay no matter how things turn out. You might not think your optimism makes a difference, but it does, especially for your family.
Your courage to keep yourself, your home, and your family together. You are what makes service members complete. You are what they continue to fight for.
We appreciate your ability to open your arms to the entire military family. We know it isn’t easy to go up to a stranger, introduce yourself, and start talking. But we appreciate it when you do.
Your smile and ability to create normalcy, even when it’s hard to. The truth is, it’s what keeps your family and everyone around you going. No matter how busy or crazy life might be, you always make sure to turn your house into a home and make it feel like the safest place on earth.
Your dedication, because we know being a military spouse is not easy, but you still show up and contribute to conferences, balls and volunteer to help with events. You understand that your presence makes all the difference in the world.
Most of all, we appreciate your uniqueness because there is no such thing as a “typical spouse.” But we know every spouse has one thing in common… you love someone in a uniform, and you will make endless sacrifices to make sure they have what they need.