You've never put on the uniform or said the oath.
You've never been deployed or seen the things that your loved one has.
You have however devoted years, if not decades to the Defence Force, purely because you loved someone who does, who has, who did.
I will always have the upmost respect for all serving members of the Defence Force. I appreciate all that you do for our country and the sacrifices you've made.
However, today I want to thank the people behind the scenes. The heroes of the home front if I may? The wives, partners, families who too have made sacrifices to support their serving member. Your role often goes unnoticed. Today I salute you. Today I Thank you. I thank you for fiercely loving somebody who has devoted their life to their country. I thank you for supporting, caring and encouraging your serving member. I thank you for the sacrifices you make. Moving from base to base, packing up your life only to create a new one somewhere else. For making a HOME wherever you go.
I thank you for keeping home life as normal as possible when your family member is deployed.
I thank you for playing the part of both parents, cleaner, tutor, comforter, chef, chauffeur.
I thank you for the early mornings and the late nights so you can get everything done.
I thank you for always having words of encouragement for your loved one when they are having a tough time, giving them the love to keep going from many, many miles away.
I thank you for waking in the middle of the night just so you can speak to your loved one.
I thank for the care packages you lovingly prepare so they can have little pieces of home with them.
I thank you for the courage you find each day to get up and get things done.
I thank you for always being there to comfort a child who misses their mum or dad, for staying strong when at times you just want to crumble and cry, because you miss them too.
I thank you for taking on all the home duties.
I thank you for accepting the fact that your serving member may return home, somewhat different. Still loving them and helping them get through the tough times, helping them settle back into civilian life.
I thank you for always loving and supporting your serving member.
I thank you for always staying strong for everyone around you, smiling even though you've had enough, but you keep going.
I thank you for quietly soldiering on here at home.
Love M. xx