*Note* I had this set to post on Friday but somehow messed up the date (so I'm back dating it). This was in honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day that is celebrated on 8 May. Ironically enough, this poem was read at the event I attended. I am proud to be an Army wife. There truly is no definition for the sense of pride I feel being able to say my husband is a Soldier. It's a feeling few understand. While there are many challenges, there are many rewards. I proudly stand among the ranks of those who wear no uniform, but serve this country too.
The Quiet Hero by Kathleen Mills
She wakes very early, he's leaving today, she will stand tall and proud as he's walking away. He glances back warmly at his children and his wife, knowing they will bravely carry on with their life. Her strength and her courage only one understands, he is walking away with her heart in his hands. For he knows that without it he would be lost, but they both know freedom comes at a cost. She walks away holding her children so close, swallowing tears for the one she loves the most. This quiet hero does not walk into war, she Soldiers alone behind her front door. She will move through her life, the wind at her back, determined to keep her family on track. Her tears fall in silence as she lies in her bed, her fear is right there, but nothing is said. She will ask that no medals be pinned on her chest, her husband's safe return her only request. Few understand her commitment, her life; She is the quiet hero, the brave Soldier's wife.
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." Ronald Reagan - 40th president of USA (1911 - 2004)