PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Presidio of Monterey Army Community Service will celebrate the Month of the Military Family at the ACS office in the Ord Military Community 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 20.

One focus of the celebration is a display of posters and essays created by young community members. This year's theme is "What Military Family Life Is About."

Participation in the projects is open to people who are between ages 5 to 19 - service personnel and Defense Department civilians, as well as their family members, are invited to show off their writing and artistic abilities.

Products may be turned in at Porter Youth Center or Army Community Service through Nov. 16.

For more information, call Army Community Service at (831) 242-7660.

Recognizing families

Throughout November, Army families serving around the world are being honored through a variety of observances and are being recognized for the commitment and contributions they make every day.

Efforts to recognize the sacrifices of the Army family by active, guard and reserve leaders are being joined and supported by DOD organizations to include the Army Air Force Exchange Service, Defense Commissary Agency and others.

Additionally, according to Army officials, through Army Family Covenant commitments, the Army will continue to build trust and confidence that the Army cares for Soldiers and families.

At all levels, Army leaders will continue to recognize the continued support and sacrifices Army families make every day, knowing that the strength of Soldiers comes from the strength of their families, and sustaining Soldiers is critical to sustaining an all-volunteer force, according to the Web site.

Through the commitments represented by the Army Family Covenant, the Web site says, the Army will continue to standardize and fund existing family programs and services, increase accessibility and quality of health care, improve Soldier and family housing, increase excellence in schools, youth services and child care, expand education and employment opportunities for family members, and continue to provide families a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive.