Monday, May 12, 2014

May is the National Military Appreciation Month

National Military Appreciation Month: Celebrating Our Troops


May is National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM), a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the courageous men and women who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Designated by Congress, NMAM encourages Americans to publicly show their appreciation for the sacrifices—and accomplishments—made by our military personnel. During this important month, Americans have the opportunity to come together to thank our military for their patriotic service in support of our country, at several national events planned throughout the month.

each year, kicks off our Nation’s month-long celebration of military appreciation. In his proclamation of Loyalty Day, 2014, President Barack Obama reminded Americans of the significance of this important day: “On this day, let us reaffirm our allegiance to the United States of America and pay tribute to the heritage of American freedom.”


Image source courtesy of DOD

Other important events honoring our military’s achievements include Victory in Europe (VE) Day celebrated on May 8, Military Spouse Appreciation Day celebrated on May 9, Armed Forces Day celebrated on May 17, and Memorial Day celebrated on May 26. Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day are the best known of the May military-themed holidays. Armed Forces Day, which was created to honor all branches of the U.S. Military, replaced separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. And Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving in military service....

National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM)


As a veteran, a son-in-law in the Navy and a son deployed in Afghanistan, this year the National Military Appreciation Month has special meaning. You don't have to do anything special, you don't have to hug a troop or buy them a drink. Most troops are embarrassed by the attention. To them, it's just what that do...

What you can do is use this month to remember freedom is not free, and smile, nod or say thank you...

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