Did you know that May Is Proclaimed National Military Appreciation Month by the President of the United States? Did you know that May 10th is Military Spouse Day? Check out this article in the Wall Street Journal that gives more details on the subject.
National Military Appreciation Month Celebrates 14th Year
LA JOLLA, CA--(Marketwired - May 7, 2013) - National Military Appreciation Month (www.nmam.org) founder Alice Wax informs America that the President of the United States has proclaimed May is National Military Appreciation Month. The recognition was designated by the United States Congress in 1999 and in 2004, as a means for Americans to say "Thank You" to the men and women of the of the U.S. Armed Forces -- all branches of the services, National Guard and Reserves ("Citizen Soldiers"), those who have served throughout our history, and all of their families -- over 90 million Americans still living today and to those sacrificed throughout America's 237 year history. The month-long recognition provides an opportunity for all Americans to express their appreciation for the contributions our armed Forces have made to the building and safeguarding of this nation.
Through many events and recognition venues including Victory in Europe Day May 8, Military Spouse Day May 10, Armed forces Day May 18, and Memorial Day May 27, we say "Thank you." Sadly, many Americans have forgotten the reasons for the traditions surrounding these events. National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) serves to increase the recognition of these traditions, foster patriotism and love of country, expand our knowledge of our flag and what it stands for and thereby develop pride in our rich American history.
As mentioned above, Military Spouse Day is Friday, May 10th. Alice Swan, over at DC Military Family Life, posted some great ideas for showing appreciation for military spouses. If you really want to show your appreciation for military spouses, check out her post.