May -- Military Appreciation Month
Pooles Island Lighthouse is Aberdeen Proving Ground's link with history. Dormant for decades, the installation will re-light the 19th century landmark in a May 21 ceremony, culminating the APG events of Armed Forces Week.

Americans celebrate Military Appreciation Month in May. In these challenging times, those of us in uniform along with our outstanding civilian employees will stand tall and be proud knowing America appreciates our service and contribution.

At Aberdeen Proving Ground, every Soldier, Family Member, civilian employee and contractor is united, One Team One Fight, in supporting our troops on the front lines. Knowing America supports this effort helps with burden and and improves morale.

We are excited about the future, which brings renewal and job opportunities to Aberdeen Proving Ground.

We celebrate Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day this month. It's a time to recognize all who serve and have served our nation. We have a great week of activities planned to celebrate -- including the relighting of the historic Pooles Island Lighthouse. This Maryland landmark once served as a beacon over the Chesapeake Bay to guide ships to safety. Tomorrow's Aberdeen Proving Ground will be a beacon of science and technology guiding the Army and the region to a new and promising future.

We hope to showcase our APG military community during this exciting celebration May 16-21 2011. For information, visit the installation Facebook page and our presence on Twitter.

We've had an all-volunteer force for 38 years. Our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen choose to put on a military uniform and head into harm's way when called. Think about that for a moment. It is a special calling that requires an inner strength. It always comes with selfless service and the support from all of us.

I know all Americans will do the right thing and take a moment to recognize the sacrifices of our nation's defenders. Let's all thank the men and women serving our nation today. Make a care package of books, magazines, games, and personal items and send it overseas. Draw a thank you card with your kids. Wear "support our troops" shirts, pins, or wristbands. Let's fly our flags, shake hands and say, "thanks for serving."

Whatever you choose to do, I encourage you to join me in May and say thank you to those great Americans who proudly serve this great nation by serving in our military. You'll never know just how far your gratitude will go when our troops are cold and wet and facing danger. A smile, or a hand-drawn card, might help lighten the load. Army Strong!

Page last updated Thu May 12th, 2011 at 00:00