Military Spouse Day or Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day in the United States. Many United States citizens take this day to acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses of their Armed Forces.
President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members and declared May 23, 1984 the first Military Spouse Day with Proclamation 5184, dated April 17, 1984. The US Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger standardized the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day.
Each year, the US President normally commemorates this day with a ceremonial speech and proclamation.
The '2014 Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year' Rita Hicks was asked for a message to the Country during a time of so much rancor and in-fighting. She said something that sticks with me.
"You know, our spouses server regardless of who's in the White House and as military spouses we're often their advocates and it's our job to figure out how to work with whatever leaders are in power and that's what we do and so it, requires civility and working together and taking that extra time to understand each other and I think, if the rest of the Country sort of fell in line with that and just focused more on how do we take care of our families, not just military families but all of our families, alot of the noise would fall away."