SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) - Military Spouse Appreciation Day has turned into a month-long event after Governor Nikki Haley signed a Proclamation declaring May 2015 to be dedicated to those individuals married to military service men and women.
The Proclamation recognizes the "profound importance of a spouse's commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members," as well as the "deep dedication and selfless sacrifice" indicative of military spouses. An expression of gratitude follows an acknowledgment of their patriotism and "tremendous contributions to our country."
The Proclamation concludes with a call to all South Carolinians to "honor the courage and sacrifice of our military spouses who so humbly epitomize the American spirit."
The S.C. National Guard is hosting five private receptions around the state today in honor of military spouses for Military Spouse Day and Month of the Military Spouse.
“We could not do what we do in support of our state and nation without the love and support of our military spouses,” said Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr., the adjutant general for S.C.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day began in 1984 when a proclamation was signed by President Ronald Reagan. It was standardized when the Department of Defense declared it to be annual event on the Friday before Mother's Day.
Gov. Haley is also a military spouse, married to U.S. Army Captain Michael Haley, a member of the S.C. National Guard.