SOURCE: National Military Appreciation Month

National Military Appreciation Month

May 07, 2013 15:15 ET

May Is Proclaimed National Military Appreciation Month by the President of the United States

National Military Appreciation Month Celebrates 14th Year

LA JOLLA, CA--(Marketwired - May 7, 2013) - National Military Appreciation Month ( 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 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.

"America's military has played a major role in the development of our country chronicled through their unbending honor, dedication to duty, and love of country," Ms. Wax states. "It all began as a simple idea: to gather America around its military family to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served and those now serving and to know the history behind it all."

This idea was legislated in the United States Congress first in 1999; in April 2004 more comprehensive legislation was passed by unanimous consent of both houses of Congress, H. Con. Res. 328, further supporting May as National Military Appreciation Month in perpetuity and "urging the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States, all Federal departments and agencies, States and localities, organizations and media to annually observe a National Military Appreciation Month with appropriate ceremonies and activities."

NMAM is now in its 14th year of nationwide celebrations and recognitions by citizens, schools, groups and municipalities giving the nation a time and place to focus and express our appreciation and thanks to our military family. Ms. Wax states, "Our military represents the highest caliber of professionalism and technology. We ask them to willingly risk their lives on a moment's notice; should we not willingly and openly recognize their contributions and their sacrifices as well? Americans are encouraged to fly the flag throughout May and for all national observances!" PSA

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Duncan Munro (MSgt USAF Ret.)
    National Event Coordinator
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    Rita Thompson Whaley
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