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Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day 7 May, 2009

Posted by David Anderson in Tributes.
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The Friday before Mother’s day has been set aside as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. At our house it is an important day. I hope that one day it will be in almost every household.

I say to all of the military spouses who may read this. Thank you for supporting those who serve us. Your steadfast devotion is vital to our nation and while your sacrifices are often unseen, they are not unnoticed.

I hope everyone who knows a military spouse passes on to her or him a note of support. The days of loneliness, sacrifice, and special strength to keep the military families together not only help the individual service member, they are the foundation upon which our professional military stands.

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1. David Anderson - 8 May, 2009

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2009 – Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has issued a message to servicemembers and their families around the world, commemorating May 8 as Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

Here is the chairman’s message:

“Each May, our nation pauses to pay tribute to our past, present and future military spouses. Nothing could be more right, or more honorable, than this. Without our families, those of us in uniform cannot serve. And truly, our spouses serve just as much as we do.

“Despite the strain of nearly eight years of war and numerous critical engagements around the globe, America’s military is stronger and more capable than ever. From personal experience, I know that much of that strength comes from our spouses. They are vital to our success. And they make the journey of service – truly one we choose together – so much richer, rewarding, and satisfying.

“Military spouses bear great burdens, but they also know the tremendous difference they are making. That resilience is due not just to the rewards of service – which are great – but also by means of a critical network of support, one that many spouses themselves create.

“Deborah and I have seen and experienced this network ourselves – and believe us – it makes a big difference.

“On behalf of the Joint Chiefs and their families, we are proud to honor this occasion on the eighth of May. The unending service and sacrifice of our military spouses are worthy of both praise and an equally continuous commitment from a grateful nation.”

Sincerely,

M.G. MULLEN
Admiral, U.S. Navy
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