By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Each April, we pay respect to the spouses of our fallen service members on Gold Star Spouses’ Day. This observance serves as a special reminder to remember surviving military spouses and honor the legacy of their loved ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
In President Lincoln’s second inaugural address, he called upon our nation to recover from war, “with malice toward none . . . and to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan . . . “
We are indebted to our Gold Star Spouses who have given so much for our nation. Though we can never repay their sacrifice, when we pause to remember them, we do our part to honor Lincoln’s promise.
Our military spouses serve alongside us each day, and form tight-knit, supportive groups in our units and throughout the community. Gold Star Spouses remain consistently strong supporters of the military and other Gold Star Spouses and Families.
If you know or meet a Gold Star spouse, please commend them for their courage, acknowledge their spouse’s ultimate sacrifice, and thank them for their continued service. They may wear a Gold Star Lapel Button or the Lapel Button for Next of Kin of Deceased Personnel – a symbol of honor to remember their fallen Service member.
Our Gold Star Spouses are an important part of our Military Family and our team of teams at Fort Leonard Wood. We continue to honor the legacy of selfless service of our fallen Service members and the ongoing sacrifice and perseverance of their Gold Star Spouses.
Victory starts here . . . Victory through skill!
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)