Honoring Military Spouses and Mothers of Modern Wars…Happy 97th to my Mom, WWII & Korean War…

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Marcella C. Sparks, Age 97, US Navy Spouse & Mother WWII & Korean War.  With son, Steve Sparks…
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Vernon H. Sparks, BMC, US Navy c1943, USS Belle Grove LSD2

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Military Spouses Now & Then… By Dana Bretz Click on this link for more…  Quote…from Military Spouses Advocacy Network…

“Twenty three years later (following WWI), we were preparing for yet another world war and we answered that all too familiar call. The call that your country needs you, and without hesitation spouses gave what their country demanded of them, even on the heels of The Great Depression when times were still tough. Spouses went to work in defense plants and volunteered for many war related organizations such as The Red Cross. Life on the home front was a crucial part of the war effort and had a significant influence on the outcome of this particular war. Spouses, in part, helped supply the fruits of victory. That is where we come from, remember that!”

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The photo above of my mother was taken recently while visiting her in Reno, Nevada.  With each visit for so many years now, I couldn’t help asking myself if this was the last time I would see her.  Well, Mom, is turning age 97 this month of September and she is still up and around living her life in the comfortable and caring home of Regent Care Center in Reno, Nevada.

We owe so much to the military spouses and moms of all wars!  “Together we served!”  Without the courageous military spouses of “then and now,” we military kids, including my own boomer generation, would not be here at all.  War weary soldiers and sailors had the hopes and dreams of going home to resume their lives, which gave them the spiritual power and bravery to get through each day, no matter how horrific the circumstances of battle.  We remember and honor the ultimate sacrifice of countless numbers of warriors who didn’t make it home.  Many had children they never met.  It was then and now that the military spouse as a single mom, had to carry on and raise the children who would not have a father.  For those warriors who did come home, the war often came home with them.  It was then and now a double duty to care for a broken warrior as well as raise the children who came before and after the war was over…

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Regent Care Center, Reno, Nv

It is with love, privilege and honor to celebrate my mother’s birthday; and her service to America.  Military families serve(d) too!  It was a hard road for my parents and countless couples who came out of the Depression Era to fight for freedom during World War II.  The home front was critical to fighting and winning wars then and now…

Happy Birthday, Mom!  I am counting on our next visit.  The memories of all our visits in recent years are very special…

Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life after Trauma, Part 1 & 2… Click the highlighted text for my author page…

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Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, and Child Advocate

Happy Mother’s Day to My Mom, Marcella C. Sparks… A Military Mom and Spouse from WWII & Korean War…she served too!

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Mom, October 24, 2013
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Marcella & Vernon Sparks c1940

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Judy and I are going to visit my mother, Marcella in a couple of weeks.   Mom is a survivor and still a fighter on this Mothers Day 2014.  She raised her children as a military Mom while Dad was fighting for our freedoms during WWII and the Korean War.  She was a single mother with her first child, son Jerry, born 3 months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 while Dad was serving on the USS West Virginia.  She waited for my father for all of WWII while he was serving aboard the USS Belle Grove (LSD2) in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.  The rest of the Sparks clan came into the world right after the end of WWII and joined the boomer generation.  There were thousands of WWII military mothers who served America during the “Greatest Generation” of  warriors of that time.  We now honor all military Moms on this Mothers Day, May 11, 2014.  Never forget that the families of veterans of all wars served too…especially mothers, including my Mom…

Steve Sparks
Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1 and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

 

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“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22, NIV)

We try to get Mom to laugh and usually have no problem doing so these days. We are grateful for she shows peace of mind. She is surrounded by loving caregivers. Our loved ones deserve peace and comfort at this time in their lives. My Mom like so many from WWII are all heroes and served too!

Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story