National Military Appreciation Month is a turning admiration into action moment.

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National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) is celebrated every May and is a declaration that encourages U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. NMAM honors the current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom.

Not only do we pause on Memorial Day to remember the sacrifice and service of those who gave all, but the month also holds several other military anniversaries and events, including Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Armed Forces day.

History of NMAM
In 1999 Senator John McCain introduced legislation to designate the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month. Both the Senate and House of Representatives adopted resolutions calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. Service Members during NMAM. These proclamations also urge the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe NMAM.

Loyalty Day
Friday, May 1st
Loyalty Day kicks off our Nation’s month-long celebration of military appreciation.  It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States, and to reflect on the proud heritage of our American freedom.

Victory in Europe Day AKA V-E Day or VE Day
Friday, May 8th
May 8th, 1945 is the day when Germans throughout Europe unconditionally surrendered to the Allies. This day marked the end of World War II in Europe.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day
Friday, May 8th
Traditionally set for the Friday before Mother’s Day.
A day to honor military spouses with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Recognizes the important role our military families play in keeping our Armed Forces strong and our country safe.

Armed Forces Day
Saturday, May 16th
Celebrated the third Saturday in May every year.
A single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.  This day honors everyone serving in the U.S. Military branches; Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, Space Force. There is also Armed Forces Week which typically leads up to Armed Forces Day, although it is not an official observance, many activities are planned nonetheless during the week.

Memorial Day
Monday, May 25th
A Federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May.
A remembrance of our veterans. Commemorates the men and women who died while in military service.

How To Make A Difference By Being The Difference During National Military Appreciation Month

Understandably, COVID-19 shelter in place and social distancing makes doing a good deed for a veteran in need more challenging.

  • Connect with a veteran by reaching out to your local VFW or American Legion Post
  • Connect with your local cemetery to place a flag on the gravesites of veterans
  • Connect by Doing a Good Deed through the United Relief Foundation

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