What is Military Spouse Day (US)?

Introduction

Military Spouse Day or Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day in the United States.

Background

Many United States citizens take this day to acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses of their Armed Forces.

Each year, the US President normally commemorates this day with a ceremonial speech and proclamation.

Brief History

President Ronald Reagan recognised the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members and declared May 23, 1984 the first Military Spouse Day with Proclamation 5184, dated 17 April 1984.

The US Secretary of Defence, Caspar Weinberger standardised the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day.

On 12 May 2017, Donald Trump issued a Presidential proclamation for Military Spouse Day.

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