As a mother and spouse, many holidays have special meanings. We have the usual suspects: family holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, where our family comes together to celebrate each other and the meaning of these holidays. As many of you know, military families don’t always have the chance to share holidays together, so we cherished each and every one. This is what makes holidays like the Fourth of July, our Independence Day, a very special day for military families.
As a former Marine and military spouse, I’ve always had a profound respect for my fellow service members and their families. The sacrifices made not only by the service member, but that of their families, shows an unspeakable amount of loyalty and love for their country. Every day, our military spouses are sacrificing that valuable family time that many of us don’t even notice or pay attention to.
It takes great courage, strength, and sacrifice to volunteer to serve your country. We would not have the freedom to celebrate holidays with our families without those who serve. I am so thankful to all of our men and women serving our country in the armed forces. This Fourth of July, please thank every service member you can for their sacrifices so you can have that family BBQ and enjoy that while they fight for those very rights.
Happy Independence Day,
Founder and President, Operation Showers of Appreciation