Cassie Gibbs

You’ve already heard about the importance of April as the Month of the Military Child, which was written by someone who has experienced that life.

I want to remind you about the importance of the Month of the Military Child not as someone who has personal experience, but someone who has watched the celebration of these children and their strength for several years.

I learned about the importance of remembering the children of the military when I moved to this community.

Enterprise, Daleville and the surrounding cities and towns are so supportive of the military every day, and it is no surprise that they honor the family members of the military as well.

For example, Enterprise City Schools holds a school festival to celebrate military children. How fun is that?

The idea of just how important it is to celebrate the children of military personnel has been something I’ve been thinking about recently, especially after my last column calling for the support of AUSA.

Since I’ve moved here, I’ve read random emails and heard statements about how hard life can be for the family members of military personnel, especially during deployments. I’ve heard from military children about the Skype sessions, the letters, the loneliness, but also the pride that comes with having one or more parents serving in the military.

I’ve never really known those feelings of wondering when I would see my parents in person again. I’ve always just had them around.

The only somewhat similar experience is my missing my brother, who served in the United States Marine Corps. He was never sent overseas, but he was stationed in Washington D.C. That’s not a hard place to get to, even if it takes some time to make a trip there.

That was just a taste of having a family member in the military. There are children out there who have parents, the people who brought us into the world, who aren’t home all the time. I can’t even imagine how military children cope with not seeing their parents every day like I had the luxury of doing as a child.

I also can’t imagine moving from place to place every couple of years, but military children seem able to adapt quickly, making them stronger than most.

I’ve heard personal statements from some military children that meeting new people can be hard. Once you have made friends in a place, if your family has to move, leaving your friends can be hard. I would also imagine that every city or town is different, at least in the beginning.

Despite all that I’ve mentioned, military children are some of the nicest people you could ever meet, and their pride in their military parent(s) never fails. That’s great to see.

I want to thank the military and the military children for their service to this country. All of you are amazing for supporting your family and doing the things you do.

Cassie Gibbs is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are her own and not the opinion of the paper. She can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at cgibbs@southeastsun.com.

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