Army celebrates Military Spouse Appreciation Day

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
Public Affairs 



WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The old adage, “If the Army wanted you to have a spouse, they would have issued you one,” may be well known, but it no longer rings true with the armed services.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the Friday before Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. So, each year, installations hold events and take time to give thanks to the husbands and wives who support their spouses serving in the military.

Now in its 28th iteration, Military Spouse Day is still focused on taking the time to give thanks to the wives and husbands who support their military spouses.

In his remarks last month to announce a national initiative tagged “Joining Forces,” which is aimed at increasing the support of U.S. military families, President Barrack Obama noted that spouses are part “of the force behind the force.”

“They, too, are the reason we’ve got the finest military in the world,” he added.

Spouses of active duty Soldiers, National Guardsmen and reservists are essential to the Army and a strong nation, as they support the Soldier. The Army recognizes the important role Army spouses play in today’s Army.

Army spouses are community leaders, mothers, fathers and Soldiers themselves. While juggling all these hats, they also actively pursue careers.

The Army pays tribute to all military spouses.

For more than 235 years, spouses have supported their Soldiers on the field and on the home front. The support and dedication of military spouses is vital, not only to the Soldier’s family but to the Army as well. Military spouses are the backbone of the families who support the nation’s Soldiers.

Additionally, the Army community is recognizing surviving spouses, whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice.

“For any leader, the loss of a Soldier is hard,” said Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander, Installation Management Command. “But the loss that survivors experience is magnitudes deeper and wider.

“To honor the fallen Soldier’s service and sacrifice for our nation,” Lynch added, “we can do one last thing: Offer support for the loved ones the Soldier left behind.”

(Editor’s Note: Some content in this article was taken from Army’s Stand-To, available at

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