Definition of PRIDE
1: the quality or state of being proud: as a : inordinate self-esteem : conceit b : a reasonable or justifiable self-respect c: delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship <parental pride>
2:a source of pride : the best in a group or class
Anyone who has ever played or sang in a musical ensemble or played on a sports team has experienced the feeling of accomplishment and togetherness resulting from such experience. There is a bonding, a recognition that together something was achieved. It’s with that spirit that military families live their lives. Every day, they know they are part of a national effort to protect and defend our nation. They take pride in their quiet contributions to the United States and in supporting their family members who wear the uniform. It is a private pride, a humble pride, not a boastful pride, but it is a lasting pride. Mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives also serve.
“I never served as such [in the military] but I traded my dependent daughter ID card for a dependent wife ID, and had our first son there. I told my husband I had time in the Army on him!”
Sue Messer, Karlsruhe American High School Alum, Army Brat and wife.