Yes one does exist but its probably as obscure as Administrative Assistants Day. Anyways, it came and went. I didnt get any appreciation but the families rarely do. Everyone thanks the soldiers but no one remembers that they have families that they leave behind more often and longer than most people realize. You can say we chose this life and thats fair, whatever, but we could also get a thanks once in a while! So I thought Id share a poem called The Silent Ranks. The author is unknown.
I wear no uniforms, no blues or army greens
But I am in the Army in the ranks rarely seen
I have no rank upon my shoulders - salutes I do not give
But the military world is the place where I live
I'm not in the chain of command, orders I do not get
But my husband is the one who does, this I can not forget
I'm not the one who fires the weapon, who puts my life on the line
But my job is just as tough. I'm the one that's left behind
My husband is a patriot, a brave and prideful man
And the call to serve his country not all can understand
Behind the lines I see the things needed to keep this country free
My husband makes the sacrifice, but so do our kids and me
I love the man I married, Soldiering is his life
But I stand among the silent ranks known as the Army wife.