National Military Appreciation Month started as a simple idea; to gather America around its military family to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who serve and have served all while knowing its history. Legislated twice this idea that began with founders Alice Wax, Rita Thompson and Duncan Munro (MSgt USAF Ret) has evolved and adopted across government, commercial and nonprofit entities providing increased national attention & recognition to our military.
The first legislation began in 1999 by the United States Senate designating May as National Military Appreciation Month. With the support and sponsorship of the late Senator John McCain, (R-AZ) and Representative Duncan Hunter, (R-CA) of San Diego along with over 50 veteran service organizations, this important legislation states to our service members that we they protect, set aside an entire month to honor, remember and appreciate their patriotism and dedication from their families. In April of 2004, more comprehensive legislation was passed by unanimous consent of both Houses of Congress as H. Con. Res. 328 solidified May as National Military Appreciation Month.
May 1, 2023 begins with National Loyalty Day that recognizes American freedom and the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States.May 7-13: Public Service Recognition Week honors the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees ensuring our government remains best in the world.
May 8: Victory in Europe Day is observed to commemorate when the Allies of World War II formally accepted Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forcesMay 12: Military Spouse Appreciation Day recognizes spouses and the important roles and sacrifices military families make in supporting our Armed Forces.May 20: Armed Forces Day reserved to celebrate our military for their dedication to our great nation. Typically followed by Armed Forces Week that continues to focus on our great military.May 29: Memorial Day A Federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May.Commemorates the men and women who died while in military service. All Americans are encouraged to pause, wherever they are, at 3:00 pm local time for a minute of silence