Celebrating holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and other special moments that happen throughout the year can be tricky for military families, especially if a family member is deployed.
As Easter approaches, we can’t help but think about all of the military men and women who have had to spend weeks, months and years away from the people they love most. Holidays are meant to be a joyful time, but celebrating can be difficult when your loved ones feel a world away.
If you were, or have been, deployed for an extended period of time, how did you close the divide between you and your family while away? How did you make special occasions part of your life during deployment?
Perhaps you received a meaningful care package that reminded you of your traditions at home, or a letter that made you feel as though you were there in spirit. Maybe you got creative and attended a birthday party over Skype, or a graduation over Facetime. Or maybe you found it necessary to take a break from communicating with your family all together.
Life in the military presents a number of challenges, and we want to hear about them.
Are You Ready to Tell Your Story?
We are calling for stories and mementos from active and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as from family members of those who serve. Imagine your stories of deployment and homecoming; humour and hardship; love and loss; victory and tragedy, shared both online and in person, with communities across the country.
By creating a living archive of your stories, we hope to capture and share the fullest collection of voices through our War In Pieces gallery, with the ultimate goal of bridging the gap between the military community and the civilians you serve.
If you are ready to share your story, please contact us today.