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MEMORIAL DAY: Military spouses are heroes, too

Letter by Jim Joy, University Place on May 31, 2010 at 12:35 pm with 5 Comments »
May 31, 2010 12:36 pm

On this Memorial Day, I will honor an American hero. She rests at the Tahoma National Cemetery.

Not all soldiers carry guns, and not all heroes serve in battle. This hero served for 26 years as a military spouse. Her name is Atha.

The battles she fought were frequent moves, remote postings to unfamiliar places, long separations and sick kids. And she volunteered wherever she was needed. She was sometimes recognized for her service, more often not.

Like soldiers who have foxhole buddies for strength during times of battle, military spouses often band together to fight their battles. But few get advice from expert staffs or wise generals. So they mostly fight their battles alone or in small groups the way soldiers often do.

I hope my hero can feel the flags and hear the bands and speeches that will surround her on Memorial Day. She would enjoy them as most military spouses do. When she died her small frame and big heart, though battered and bruised, were still doing her duty. And on this Memorial Day, I will honor her as an American hero who gave a last full measure of devotion to the duty she so proudly accepted.

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  1. frankiethomas says:

    A very nice tribute, I bet you had a wonderful life together. You really touched my heart with this. My mother was posthumously awarded The Swivel Shot for her service as a USCG wife. I used to sneer at the commisary bags that said “Navy WIfe – toughest job in the Navy” as a thought it was a sexist sentiment. I was 13, thought I knew everything, in reality knew nothing.

  2. Amen Jim. Amen.

  3. tubbythetuba says:

    There are other days to remember others who served and have passed. Memorial day started out as Decoration Day…when flags and flowers were put on the graves of those that fell in battle. Let’s leave it such.

  4. Murigen says:

    Every wife and mother who did their jobs deserves the same recognition as any military spouse.

    I agree with what tubbythetuba said, leave Memorial day to those who did serve.

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