Military spouses are known by those that have and do serve, as the foundation for a strong military family. This foundation allows the service member to focus on the task-at-hand, to accomplish the mission. The military spouse provides the glue and often the energy to keep the family moving forward; pets and kids wrangled during the many moves and the support after a long day at the office, field exercise or deployment.
As much as we as service members rely on our spouses a simple thank you, hug or other compliment never seems to fit the bill. That is why President Reagan enacted Proclamation 5184 on 17 April 1984 to recognize the importance of the military spouse and their unwavering dedication to family, their spouse, and commitment to service. Congress officially made Military Spouse Appreciation Day part of National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 and the standardized date of the Friday before Mother’s Day every year by the Department of Defense.
Our military spouses may not wear the uniform but it is with their undying support that we are able to fully dedicate ourselves to the profession of arms at home and abroad.
I will admit that when I think of special days in May, the first thing that comes to mind is Cinco De Mayo, just kidding, it would be Mother’s Day. Mariel is an amazing woman who takes care of us and teaches our kids via homeschooling and manages the operation of a non-profit organization, HSAMF. However, what makes me the proudest is what an amazing mother she is and for that Mother’s Day comes to mind first.
With that being said she is so much more than a mother, she is a friend and mentor to other military spouses, willing to drop everything to take care of another family. Military Spouse Appreciation Day recognizes the million other things our spouses do to support us, the service member, come rain or shine, multiple deployments, constant moves, missed holidays, missed birthdays and all the days when they must be both parents.
We at the Barreras Family Farm, being a veteran established farm, wanted to show the Military Spouses their contributions are appreciated by hosting an event at the farm that focuses on the family. It may not be a day at the spa but our hope is that you will walk away knowing we thank you for your service and dedication to our country and our service members.