On this Memorial Day, we want to give a salute to those who bravely sacrificed their lives, who have served/are serving and their families that support them. With 50% of Staged Interior team members either having served or are spouses of those that have, we polled ourselves to find what it means to represent this great country of ours.
Maggie Ryan, Staging Team Leader, speaks of how the military has helped shaped her family, saying “being part of a military family has shaped me and my children. We have learned to adapt to different situations, think outside the box and be able to find solutions to difficult problems.” Additionally, one of the hardest aspects of being a military spouse is the toll it takes being away from family. Maggie and others have learned to rely on other “families” to help get them through. She states “it doesn’t matter where we have lived, the connections we have made through the Air Force are some of the strongest bonds we have. Most recently my work family has supported me through our latest year long deployment. My family at Staged Interior made our separation bearable and I am grateful for their support.”
Shannon Ries, our newest team member who works as a Staging Assistant, speaks to what the military has introduced for her. She also speaks to the hidden blessings of being part of the military. When asked what it meant to have her spouse served, she mentions, “It means being extremely proud of my husband and all our amazing friends and family that have served. We’ve had the opportunity to live and travel all over the world, and I have been blessed along the way to meet some of the best group of people I could have asked for.” Shannon also has learned to find support during more difficult times, stating, “my deployment family is an amazing group of men and women that will be life long friends.”
Clancey Orchard, Staging Assistant, appreciates how the military has helped mold her outlook on parenting. Clancey mentions, “It has given me the opportunity to experience life from many different aspects … learning how to be resourceful on my own during deployments as a single parent.” She has also gained a supreme appreciation for those in the armed forces. “Being a military spouse has definitely given me a whole new appreciation for what our men and women and their families put on the line on a daily basis to protect and serve our country.”
Thank you to those who courageously gave their lives, who have served, are currently serving, and the families/friends that support them. Without your dedicated service, we wouldn’t have the freedoms and liberties that we get to enjoy today.
Trish Kim, ASP Master
Young Kim, ASP Master