Military Appreciation Month (May) – Honoring Heroes

May is National Military Appreciation Month, a special time to honor the service and sacrifice of military servicemembers. Congress designated May as a month to publicly thank both past and present military members for their contributions and dedication to our country. Military Appreciation Month serves as a reminder to celebrate the patriotic spirit of those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. During this month, we recognize the contributions, sacrifices, and service of the members of the armed forces, both past and present. There are four (4) significant military anniversaries and events observed in May.

1. Victory in Europe (VE) Day (May 9) commemorates the end of World War II in Europe in 1945. It is the formal acceptance of the Allies of Germany’s unconditional surrender.

2. On May 10, we honored Military Spouse Appreciation Day. The U.S. military recognizes the vital role played by military spouses. It was first recognized by President Reagan.

3. Armed Forces Day (3rd Saturday in May) is a time to honor all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their contributions. It was originally established to replace separate days honoring the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.

4. Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) is when we pause to remember and honor the service members who gave their lives in defense of our nation. It became an official federal holiday in 1971.

If your company, or employees, want to show appreciation for the military, here are some meaningful ways to express gratitude and appreciation during Military Appreciation Month:

Attend an Event. Participate in local event, parade, and ceremony that honors military personnel. VA cemeteries will host ceremonies to honor servicemembers who died during their service.

Donate to Charities: Support organizations that assist veterans, active-duty service members, and their families. Tunnel to Towers (t2t.org) provides mortgage-free homes to Gold Star families and others.

Send Care Packages. Consider sending care packages to deployed troops with essentials and heartfelt messages. Check with the Florida National Guard, and local charitable groups that support the military.

Volunteer at a veteran organization or military support group.

Thank a service member or veteran for their service.

Let’s all take the month of May to appreciate our military and come together as a nation to recognize the profound contributions made by our service members. Let’s honor their bravery, resilience, selfless service, and unwavering commitment to safeguarding our freedom.

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