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Wednesday, May 27, 2009


We are sisters – bound not by blood but unity of spirit. We share many of the 
same experiences, hopes and fears. You carry some of my thoughts and I 
some of yours.

You understand the chest I have labeled “Special Memories” that grows 
heavier and heavier as it is moved from assignment to assignment. I 
understand your box marked “curtains” which contains several different 
sets, each of which fit one window in all of the U.S. and Europe.

You know what it is like to plant a tree, knowing someone else will sample its 
fruit and enjoy its shade. I know how you paused hanging a picture in post 
housing to hear for a moment. . .the echoing footsteps of the families who 
preceded you. I also know that you never write in your address book in ink. 
To us, home is not so much a geographic location as it is a place in our 

The evening news is more than a 30 minute blitz of information; it is often 
the compass that directs our lives. I have stood in your shoes and you in 
mine on docks, piers, flight lines and terminals of every description around 
the world. Waving good-bye and whispering a silent prayer. To us the words 
“Support Our Troops” are more than a logo on a bumper sticker. We wear 
yellow ribbons around our hearts everyday; because we know that 
everyday a military family is separated by time and distance while that 
military member stands watch at freedoms door.

We come from all walks of life. We are homemakers, workers, professionals; 
and in our number are those who also serve our country on active duty or in 
the reserves. We are different and yet we are the same. Sometimes I see 
your face in my mirror. Sometimes I dream your dreams. So, we come 
together today to celebrate our similarities and explore our differences in 
the spirit of friendship and unity. I am honored to count myself among you.

~Author Unknown

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