NATIONAL MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH - MAY

National Military Appreciation Month - May

NATIONAL MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH

National Military Appreciation Month in May is a month-long observance honoring the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces.

Today, the United States Armed Forces is comprised of six branches including the Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard, and Space Force. The U.S. military force is 2.2 million strong and includes National Guard and Reserve units.

There are more military-related observances during the month of May than any other month, so it is an appropriate time to celebrate the men and women in uniform.  During May, we recognize Loyalty Day, VE Day (the end of World War II in Europe on May 8, 1945), Armed Forces Day, Military Spouses Day, and Memorial Day.

The month honors active duty, guard and reserve members, and veteran service members. All month long, publicly honor the U.S. military and all they do to serve and protect their country.

HOW TO OBSERVE #MilitaryAppreciationMonth

  • Thank military personnel and veterans for their service.
  • Host a luncheon, picnic, or another event to recognize their service.
  • Share your experiences in the military.
  • Recognize family members of military personnel.
  • Support veteran causes such as Honor Flights and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
  • Visit Military.com to learn more.
  • Use #MilitaryAppreciationMonth

NATIONAL MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH HISTORY

Congress declared National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to honor the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces.