When dads are deployed overseas, moms have to learn how to play ball. It's sacrifices like this that prompted the Seabee Base to salute hundreds of spouses Wednesday. They are often the unsung heroes in the military family.
Commander John Rice handed out red roses to each spouse and thanked them.
"Especially with Seabees in Iraq, and other dangerous places in the world, we just want to say thanks to them for all their contributions, and their hard work."
Breanne Nardo certainly knows about the stress and loneliness of being a military wife. Her husband is serving in Iraq, and missed the birth of their two-week-old daughter Gianna.
"Yeah, I miss him. He was able to call about an hour after I had her, so it wasn't so bad."
The rose ceremony showed support to spouses who've endured their share of thorns.
"I think it's great. It's nice to know that we're appreciated as far as everything that we do. It's not an easy life to live as a military wife."
From taking care of the kids, to paying the bills, the Seabee spouses play a vital role on the home-front.
Jean Sammons is a veteran when it comes to being a military wife. She's been one for 24 years.
"I think it's very nice to honor these spouses that do what they do to allow these guys to deploy and do what they do. Without them, and the solid foundations back here, the military wouldn't be what it is."
About 600 Seabees are currently deployed overseas. Many of them are in Rota, Spain. The Seabee Base held the ceremony because May is "Military Spouse Appreciation Month."