Oh so many years ago…..
As a Navy Wife (because you are never a former) I have many memories of Veterans and Veterans’ Day. I remember deployments that were long and frustrating for my husband and myself. Through them though we grew. There is nothing stronger than a military spouse except for their spouse. The times that you are separated can not be explained and all the memories that could never be are sometimes a strain. Something so simple and silly as my husband having watched a shipboard movie and a couple years later I would see it for the first time. He would say “Remember this is where….” and I wouldn’t have a clue. Sometimes you would question yourself. After a bit of arguing, you would discover the “when” it happened. Only a military spouse would appreciate this.
I look fondly over my Great Grandfather’s Navy Journal from the U.S.S. Westerner, he mentions the Kaiser, Spanish Flu, France, Halifax and the Syrup Factory explosion – his second deployment. I look at my Grandfather’s E Award. He was working the steel industry during WW2. My Father’s Army career is well documented in our Family Tree that my DAR Grandmother wrote and published. My family history with the military is a long and courageous one. Nothing earth-shattering but a steady stream of dedication and patriotism endures within our tight unit.
There are many veterans and spouses who won’t have this Veterans’ Day together through deployment, death, or unfortunately another casualty of military service – divorce. If you can, reach out and hug your Vet or Veteran Spouse today!
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