National Military Appreciation Month in May was designated by Congress to give Americans time to reflected back on and show our thanks for those who serve, served or gave their lives for this great country we call the United States of American. I am very proud of my wife who served in the Army for 5 years. She continues to serve in the State Military of California alongside the National Guard.
Looking back on military history allows new generation’s time to learn about what happened and time to prepare for the future. Our world is every changing and getting smaller and smaller by the year. It is up to us to remember our history, to remember our victories as well as our failures to keep America great and free.
National Military Appreciation Month: May 2017 Days to keep in mind
Loyalty Day May 1st, 2017
“We humbly thank our brave service members and veterans who have worn our Nation’s uniform ‑‑ from the American Revolution to the present day. Their unwavering loyalty and fidelity has made the world a safer, more free, and more just place.” – President Donald J. Trump
Public Service Recognition Week: May 7 – May 13, 2017
Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER)and its member organizations to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.
VE Day May 8th, 2017
Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day, VE Day or simply V Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany‘s unconditional surrender of its armed forces. It thus marked the end of World War II in Europe.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day May 12th,2017
Military Spouse Day or Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day in the United States. Many United States citizens take this day to acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses of their Armed Forces. Each year, the US President normally commemorates this day with a ceremonial speech and proclamation.
Armed Forces Day May 20th, 2017
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.
Memorial Day May 29th, 2017
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers
Ways you can participate in National Military Appreciation Month
There are many ways you can participate in National Military Appreciation Month. Here are 10 ways to support our military and veterans:
- Display the American Flag on your home or business.
- Engage in social media to highlight military and veterans.
- Send a care package to a soldier through USO.
- Donate to “The Wounded Warrior Project” and support the thousands of wounded warriors and their families.
- Encourage elected officials at all levels to recognize our military and veterans.
- As a business, when offering military discounts, include all who serve and have served or hire a veteran.
- Like National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) on Facebook.
- When you see a person in military uniform, shake their hand and thank them for their service.
- Volunteer or visit your local VA Hospital to honor veterans from past conflicts.
- May is also American Military History Month learn something new.
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