While Americans quickly connect May with Memorial Day, many may not realize it is also National Military Appreciation Month, a proclamation passed by Congress in 1999 as a reminder to “honor the current and former members of the armed forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.”
Traditionally, May has focused on the military in many ways including Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), celebrated the first full Monday through Sunday in May since 1985; Armed Forces Day, created in 1949, is an annual event held on the third Saturday in May; and Memorial Day, a federal holiday on the last Monday in May. Other nationally recognized events for May include Victory in Europe Day and Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
This month honors men and women who have served throughout our history and all who now serve. It recognizes those on active duty in all branches of the services, the National Guard and Reserves plus retirees, veterans, and all of their families. According to World Fact Book by the CIA, these branches represent over 90 million Americans and more than 230 years of our nation’s history.
At VLB, we honor our veterans with celebrations for these and all other military events. Our eight State Veterans Homes will host ceremonies and informal gatherings while our four State Veterans Cemeteries will recognize Memorial Day. In addition, celebrations will take place nationwide and businesses will be offering discounts to military personnel. To see a list of businesses providing special deals, visit http://www.military.com/discounts/
During the month of May, you can show your support for the men and women who dedicate their lives for their country by visiting the veterans at one of our Texas State Veterans Homes, attending Memorial Day services at one of our four Veterans Cemeteries, displaying a flag at your home or business, sending a care package to a soldier through USOCares, or organizing an event at your children’s school or your place of business.
For more information about the events to be held at VLB’s Veterans Homes or Cemeteries, call 800-252-8387. To read more about the National Military Appreciation Month visit www.nmam.org.