Today we honor our veterans. We celebrate those who defend our freedom in countries we know only as vague outlines on a map. We pay tribute to those who fought in battles barely remembered and those who fought in conflicts we will never forget. Those who wear the uniform of our country deserve our respect and support. But today and every day we also need to remember those who serve by “holding down the fort” in their absence: those who take care of the children and the house and the car and the bills and the details of life…those who wait for them to return. We also need to remember that the media loves to highlight the “joyous reunion” of a soldier and his family. However, there are many less-than-joyous ones that go unreported and unrecorded. Soldiers return battered and bruised, injured physically and emotionally, unable to resume the life they left behind. Or they don’t return at all.
Those who wait serve our country each and every day. They also deserve our respect and support today.