The Museum of the American Military Family
From bumper stickers to yellow ribbons to public address announcements at big sporting events, the public is constantly reminded of the work of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and other members of the military. There is a general recognition that our military faces sacrifice, separation, danger, and deployment to troubled areas.
Few public symbols address the challenges of the families the service member leaves behind. The difficulties the service member faces are also difficulties of the parents, spouses, children, and extended family members. It has been said that “we also serve who only stand and wait.”
However, it is not a case of standing and waiting. It is a case of keeping the home together, tending the needs of the household, and dealing with daily issues, many of which would be dealt with the military member.
For many families, the acceptance of a service member’s job and life-style is difficult. Learning to live among a hierarchical society with unique customs and traditions takes considerable adjustment. Even families of long-standing experience in a military society, the gap between civilian and military life often seems wide.
The Museum of the American Military Family appreciates the 400+ years of American Military Family service. Check out the museum at http://militaryfamilymuseum.org
Mail to: MAMF, PO Box 5085 Albuquerque, NM 87185 Phone: (505) 504-6830 Location: 546 B State Road 333 (Old Route 66) Tijeras, NM 87059
Some photos courtesy of the Library of Congress