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May is National Military Appreciation Month

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In 1999, Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) and it has been an annual national observance in the United States ever since. NMAM’s purpose is to encourage citizens to acknowledge and honor current and former members of U.S. Armed Forces, including those who have died protecting our freedom. This includes those on active duty in all branches of service, the National Guard, Reserves, retirees, veterans and their families - well over 90 million Americans.

The selection of the month of May is an especially appropriate time to celebrate the importance of the U.S. Armed Forces. May is also a time that includes celebrations for six other military-related national observances – Loyalty Day (1st), VE Day (8th), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (12th), Armed Forces Day (20th) and Memorial Day (29th). In observance of NMAM, federal, state and local governments, as well as the public, are encouraged to plan and participate in activities celebrating this special month, giving the nation a time and place to focus, draw attention and express appreciation and thanks to the U.S. military family. In addition, the President typically issues a proclamation about National Military Appreciation Month, reminding Americans about the important role the U.S. military has played and continues to play, in our nation’s history.