Military Wives and Mothers Honored

 

Written by Ileen Kennedy

Published May 31, 2007

 

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Wives and Mothers of Soldiers were honored and given a gift basket to say "Thank you." for all they do for their husbands and children.

Photo by Ileen Kennedy

Wives and Mothers of Soldiers were honored

and given a gift basket to say "Thank you" for

all they do for their husbands and children.

SALT LAKE CITY The second annual Military Wives and Mothers Honor event was held May 18 at the Utah Air National Guard Base dining facility. Brig. Gen. Scott Harrison welcomed those in attendance and gave words of support to women whose husbands or children are deployed.

This event was a way for community members to show their support and say thank you to those left behind while Guard members are deployed. It was hosted by the Women’s Republican Club of Salt Lake City and was the inspiration of club president Patty Johnson.

"Many businesses and citizens across our great state were more than happy to show their support with beautiful donated gifts for these women to enjoy," said Johnson. "We just want to show our appreciation and thanks to these women for their sacrifice and patriotism. Some feel that they are so alone, and we don’t want them to feel they are forgotten."

Those in attendance felt it was an honor to be among these great women who quietly serve at home while their loved ones are away. Many hearts were touched as those who have sacrificed the most felt supported, appreciated, comforted, and definitely NOT FORGOTTEN!

Every military wife or mother in attendance was truly honored. They received a personal thank-you card at dinner along with a basketful of heartfelt gifts donated by the community. Finally, every person in attendance received a DVD set to music with pictures of our Utah Service members currently deployed.

To My Sister:

We have never met, yet I know you are my sister.

Who else would be willing to sacrifice so much for me?

You have been willing to share with me the most precious thing you have:

your son, your daughter, your husband.

You have let them go, without complaint, because you knew they needed to.

You let them go, even though many people say they are wrong to go.

You let them go, knowing they may not come back.

Or when they come back, they may not be the same as when you sent them.

You’ve spent many nights in prayer and in tears, not knowing, wondering, if they are okay.

You’ve spent many days caring for those they left behind.

You’ve spent many hours holding hands and crying with those who are also my sisters, sharing an understanding that only those who make this sacrifice can know.

So I say to you, my sister, "Thank you."

These are two small words and they can never repay the debt I owe to you.

Because of you and your sacrifice,

I can put my children to bed at night knowing they are a little safer.

Because of you and your sacrifice,

I can worship at the church of my choice.

Because of you and your sacrifice,

I can stand, put my hand on my heart, and pledge allegiance to my flag.

Because of you and your sacrifice, I am free.

So to you my sister,

with all my love and admiration I say again, "Thank you."

For you truly are my sister.

Poem by Wendy Jones

Mothers, wives, guests and dignitaries enjoy an evening together at the 2nd Annual Military Wives and Mother’s Honor Event.

Photo by Ileen Kennedy

Mothers, wives, guests and dignitaries enjoy an evening together

at the second annual Military Wives and Mothers Honor event.