To the Spouses of Service Members past and present, Thank You.
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t have a fellow spouse in my thoughts. The best way I could describe a Military Spouse is an ordinary man/woman who is called upon to do extraordinary things. We are given no manuals, books, or lectures. We chose to marry our partner who shares their heart with our country, but we didn’t ‘choose’ this life. We are tied to something, yet have no contract. We are parents, homemakers and professionals. We stand next to you in the store check out line, we are the teacher and your child’s school and the doctor you see when something is wrong. What most people don’t think about when we smile at them in line at the store, speak to them at their parent conference meeting or treat their illness, is that it’s been months since we have been touched…hugged…kissed by the ones we love. Our life as milspouses is not harder, it’s just different. We are proud, resourceful and strong. And I’m honored to be among them.
Military Spouses are everyday people who at some point gave their heart to not only their partner, but their country. They are people in your every day life doing every day things. But, there is a difference. When needed, they become extraordinary. Happy Military Spouse Day to all my fellow Milspouses! ((HUGS)) ~ Marie
WarriorI never wore the uniform,
no medals on my chest.
The band it doesnt play for me,
I am not among the Best.
I do not march in cadence,
I do not rate salute,
I stand among the silent ranks,
our devotion absolute.If youve not worn my shoes,
you do not know my story.
I live a life of sacrifice,
my reward a private glory.
Ive wept many silent nights away,
and Ive kept the home fires burning.
Ive worried and Ive waited,
as world events were churning.Ive moved more times than you could fathom,
left more people than youve known.
Ive planted gardens round the world —
Very few that Ive seen grown.
Ive grieved with new-made widows,
and had my share of scares —
when a ship or plane or man was down,
and all I had were prayers.
Im not asking for your sympathy,
(although appreciation can be nice)
I did it quite on purpose though —
I chose to sacrifice.
Ill tell you a secret now,
one youd never guess.
About the one glory that is mine,
its just enough no more, no less.
When you and I stand together
as our national anthem plays,
Ill fill with reminiscences
of how I spent those days.
Ill know the pain and joys again,
Ill know that freedom isnt free,
Ill know Ive helped to pay the price
and that the anthem plays for me.
Elizabeth Soutter Schwarzer
Wife of a United States Marine