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MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH

May 2017 - National Military Appreciation Month

May is a special month for both those in and out of the military. For service members and veterans, it's a chance to pay tribute to supportive families and spouses on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, and honor the memory of those who have sacrificed for this nation on Memorial Day. For the general public, the entire month provides an opportunity to say thanks to all those, past and present, who have contributed to the U.S. military.

Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members -- past and present. Each year the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country. May was selected because it has the most days set aside for celebrating and commemorating our military's achievements. In addition to the special days already mentioned, important dates for the military in May include Loyalty Day, which was established in 1921, Victory in Europe (VE) Day commemorating the end of WWII in Europe in 1945, and Armed Forces Day.

Join Military.com this month in honoring, remembering, recognizing and appreciating those who have served and those now serving -- read special features, and learn the history behind Military Appreciation Month. If you're a service member, military family member and veteran, you can find out about major events taking place throughout the month, as well as important discounts being offered by companies in thanks for your military service.

Military Appreciation Month

  • A Sailor greets his wife after returning home aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1) as part of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (WSP ARG) homecoming from a deployment, Dec. 24, 2016. (U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Schneider)
    Military Appreciation Month Discounts
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    Service members and families are being honored during Military Appreciation Month with a variety of discounts.
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    Armed Forces Day
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    Saturday, May 16 marks the annual commemoration of Armed Forces Day, which honors all the military services.
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    The Origins of Air Force Day
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    Air Force Day was established on August 1, 1947, by President Truman "in recognition of the personnel of the victorious Army Ai...
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    The Origins of Army Day
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    Army Day was established as a nationwide observance to draw public attention to national defense and to acquaint the public wit...
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    The Origins of Coast Guard Day
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    August 4 is celebrated as Coast Guard Day to honor the establishment on that day in 1790 of the Revenue Cutter Service, forebea...
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    The Origins of the Marine Corps
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    The Corps celebrated its birthday, or Marine Corps Day, on July 11 from 1799 until 1921 when the date was permanently changed t...
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    Creatively Demonstrating Appreciation for Veterans
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    There are many creative ways to show our military appreciation. One example is the organization Pinups for Vets.
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    Showing Appreciation to the Nation's Wounded Warriors
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    Marines with Recruiting Station San Francisco and sailors from Navy Recruiting Command San Francisco visited wounded servicemem...
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    How To Appreciate Military Families
    Although we might be blind to our own sacrifices, each of us sees military families all over our community that we appreciate greatly.
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    Appreciating Veterans and their Ongoing Efforts
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    Let us take a moment to appreciate the way veterans are giving back to their community, and consider how we can make a differen...