National Military Appreciation Month

Thursday May 3, 2012

What is it?

The Senate first passed a resolution in 1999 designating National Military Appreciation Month. That declaration encouraged U.S. citizens to observe the month "in a symbol of unity, to honor the current and former members of the armed forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace."

What has the Army done?

The Army has consistently honored the contributions and sacrifices of our Soldiers, family members, civilians and veterans. The theme of this year's commemoration is Resiliency - honoring the perseverance of Soldiers, Family members, Civilians and Veterans since the birth of our Nation.

The month of May is characterized by six national observances highlighting the contributions of each segment of the Army community. This month ties in many Army themes, including physical fitness, Public Service Recognition, loyalty to the nation and remembrance of our veterans. Through the years, our Army has answered this nation's call, and our Soldiers, families and civilians have never wavered in their support and patriotism, despite the many challenges they have faced.

Why is this important to the Army?

The month of May includes the following observances that make up National Military Appreciation Month:
- May 1: Loyalty Day
- May 6-12: Public Service Recognition Week
- May 8: Victory in Europe Day
- May 11: Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 11)
- May 19: Armed Forces Day
- May 30: Memorial Day

The Army will remember the sacrifices and victories of the past, and salute Soldiers, families, civilians and veterans for their resilience since 1775. Ours is a time-honored tradition.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

The Army will continue to honor Soldiers, family members, civilians and veterans. The Army is the strength of our nation - the strength of our Army is our Soldiers and civilians. The strength of our Soldiers and civilians is the Army family, and the veterans who continue to support our force.


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