ACS holds Military Spouse Appreciation Day at O-World
DAEGU GARRISON — In 1984, the Friday before Mother’s Day was proclaimed as Military Spouse Appreciation Day by former President Ronald Reagan. It provides an opportunity to express our gratitude for all the sacrifices made by military spouse in the name of freedom.
Twenty-nine years later, this day is still an important day of ours.
“As long as there have been courageous men and women willing to protect our Union and our ideals, there have been extraordinary spouses at their side patriots in their own right who serve and sacrifice in ways many cannot fathom,” said President Obama in a press release. “America's military spouses are at the core of our Armed Forces, and on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we celebrate their contributions to keeping our country safe.”
To celebrate Spouse Appreciation Day in Area IV, Camp Henry’s ACS Family Advocacy Program(FAP) officials hosted a day trip to Daejeon’s O-World, May 10. According to Carmen Ortiz, FAP Manager, USAG Daegu, “We planned our upcoming activities about six months ago. Spouse Appreciation Day was at the top of the list,” said Ortiz.
The FAP Manager went on to explain the importance of the military spouse. She said, “The military spouse represents the very best this nation has to offer. Today, we celebrate their selfless service and commitment to carrying out their duties to both family and country.”
Military spouses are diverse. They come from all around the world, are different ages and nationalities-so different, yet so much alike. They serve our wounded warriors, preserve the legacies of our fallen and find ways to give back to our country day after day. The strength and readiness of America’s military depends on the well-being of our military spouse and Families.
In spite of the rainy weather, many military spouses, expectant mothers, and children participated in the trip to “O-World” where they seemed to thoroughly enjoy the safari tour, and flower exhibition.
“To the spouses, we recognize their willingness to make changes to help their spouse advance, understanding the demands of his or her job. They work as team players, and they maintain a positive attitude about their spouse being in the Army. Thank you for all you do,” said Ortiz.