Good morning, America, do you know what today is? Yup, the Friday before Mother's Day, and you know what that means? Today marks the 29th annual Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
Didn't know that existed? You should! It's been an official American holiday since President Ronald Reagan recognized in 1984 that the men and women married to our military are powerful cogs in the military machine. They're sacrificing too -- every day.
As President Barack Obama said last year on this big day:
Our military spouses are a vital part of communities across America and around the world. We know them as our neighbors and friends, colleagues and coaches, teachers and nurses. They move from duty station to duty station, picking up their families and careers whenever their country asks. They keep their households running while dealing with the strain of deployment. They support our wounded warriors, preserve the legacies of our fallen, and find ways to give back to our country day after day.
Folks, you don't hear about these things in the news on the regular, but that's BIG. The least we can do is give something back to these people one day a year.
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The first time around, military spouses got a day late in May, but Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger moved it up to the Friday before Mother's Day, and Military Spouse Appreciation Day has held that spot on the calendar ever since.
Here are The Stir, we can't say enough about the men and women behind the 1.5 million folks who make up our Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. But here's a start. We've got some military quotes to show them some of the love they deserve on THEIR day.
Want to show military spouses love? Pin 'em on Pinterest, share 'em on Facebook, or do whatever you think will let the military spouses know this nation is grateful for THEIR sacrifices too.
Who are you celebrating today?
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