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Military Spouse Appreciation Day - May 6, 2011

Military Spouse Appreciation Day is the Friday before Mother's Day; May 6, 2011. "The first Military Spouse Day was first celebrated in 1984 when then-President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the observance to honor the contributions of military spouses. The military now sets aside the Friday before Mother's Day each year to pay tribute to the spouses who play a vital role in the nation's defense." (http://www.army.mil/spouse/)

What are you going to do for our behind the scenes military-spouses; the wives and husbands of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guard?  Get your community involved.  Perhaps a community day down 'central avenue'.  Flowers for military spouses, massages, manicures, free-planners.  Each participating store could have their own 'give-away'.  These ladies (and men!) need the pampering!  Do you need more ideas?  Read '101 Ways to Thank a Military Spouse'.  Quite a few ideas are business oriented, all of them are spouse-centered.

Let us know what you are going to do! We want to let the military-community know that the businesses outside the gates genuinely care!   Become a military-partner and make this special event a part of your 'Reward', or military-discount.  If you are a partner UPDATE your Reward to include the Military Spouse.  Do this before May 1st and it will be a part of Military-Alerts.  Your Event.  Their email box.  Talk about some great publicity!

I'll leave you with this 'poem' written in honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day:

We come in all...

Shapes
Sizes
Ages
Backgrounds
Colors
Theologies
Ideologies
Societies

Some of us are Army-strong, others of us are in the Air Force-blue, there are a few proud Marines, a wealth of Navy and the ever-vigilant Coast Guard.

We love our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coasties. Most of us don't wear the uniform but all of us swoon (deeper than a civilian can understand) when we see the uniform.

We keep the home-fire lit and our babies at bay. We manage the home-front with grace and ease mixed with a few fumbles and a bit of heartache. We may not be "issued" but we are chosen!

We depend on friends, mentors, networks and far away family to get us through the tough times.

We use strength to carry us. Distance to mold us. Tears to soften us. Laughter to brighten us. Perseverance to humble us.

Reach out today to your military-spouse community!  Start planning an event they won't forget! You won't regret it.

- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com

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