As a military spouse I know firsthand what kind of sacrifices we military families make. It's not glorious and it doesn't need to be trumpeted. We aren't asking for recognition. But respect and a nod to the efforts is greatly appreciated. It makes me smile.
After nearly 12 years in the military way of life, I still tear up during most versions of The National Anthem. That probably will never cease to make my heart swell with PRIDE.
It's Pride for our country. Because though flawed and often arrogant.. We still know how to come together and take care of one another when it truly counts.
Pride for the wounded and fallen soldiers. I am thankful for their service. I grieve for their families.
Pride for my husband and our many friends who serve. I am always humbled by their continued dedication to something that is so much more than a job.
Pride for the spouses I have met ..They keep me going. These are amazing women who became life long friends & taught me that its more than ok to cry and how to still move forward and even enjoy the sisterhood formed through deployments.
Pride for the military kids. The kids truly have my heart. They endure moves, schools, deployments, and more goodbyes than a kid should have to know... And it's not always easy or done gracefully. But for all these hardships.. They do have something Awesome that is only understood by a fellow "brat" .. Homecoming! I pray the kids would learn what makes our country special, learn the history, and develop a respect for those that serve and did serve. I pray they learn to show reverence to the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice on days such as July 4 and other American holidays. I pray that they are a light in their friendships with civilian kids to demonstrate patriotism even at a young age.
I am thankful my husband was home this year, I don't take that for granted. And I found myself thinking all day on the 4th, "Next year -at this time- he will be back home. Deployment will be over again. We just have to make it through all the stuff in between."
Drawing on that Pride.