Military Spouse Appreciation Day has been set aside as a day to recognize the contributions military spouses make on a daily basis to support their military members, families, and communities. Celebrated each year on the Friday before Mother’s Day, spouses are acknowledged for their strength in keeping the home front going during all phases of military life. Communities worldwide take the time to hold special events and programs to honor military spouses in a variety of ways, such as luncheons or spa days.
First officially recognized in 1984, President Ronald Reagan recognized military spouses and their unselfish commitment to their service members and communities. In 1999, this day was officially designated by Congress as part of May’s National Military Appreciation Month and the Department of Defense declared the Friday prior to Mother’s Day every year as Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
The sacrifices of the military spouse often go unnoticed. This day is an excellent way to show the military spouses in your life how much they mean to you and that their sacrifices are not in vain. How can I recognize the military spouses in my life? It’s simple, let them know you care. Call them and check in on them, invite them out for a cup of coffee, or send them a card. It’s the simple things in life that mean the most and everyone likes to feel appreciated.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day is Friday, May 8.