Across the country, all the major branches of our armed services and their families have received special recognition during the month of May – the special month - Military Appreciation Month.
The Senate first passed a resolution in 1999 formally designating May as National Military Appreciation Month. That declaration summoned U.S. citizens to observe the month “in a symbol of unity …to honor the current and former members of the armed forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.”
The month culminates in the three-day Memorial Day weekend, commemorated by celebrations, parades, and memorial services established to honor all who serve. During Military Appreciation Month, you can show your appreciation and support for our Troops on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Armed Force Day.
Traditionally, May has focused on the military in many ways:
1) Public Service Recognition Week, celebrated the first full Monday through Sunday in May since 1985, recognizes the roles of public servants, including the military, at local, state, regional and federal levels.
As a part of PSRW, communities across America showcase military equipment and service members from U.S. installations. The largest PSRW event takes place on Washington’s National Mall, where more than 100 federal agencies, including the military services, put their activities, people and equipment on public display. This year’s mall event is May 6-9.
2) Military Men and Women, past and present, for their sacrifices, dedication, and service to our country through our appreciation letters, emails, cards and prayers.
3) April 30, Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, featuring The Spinners, Chubby Checker, The Embers, the Catalina’s, The Craig Woodard Band and Atlantic Groove.
4) Free Military Band Concerts, Every Friday evening in May, Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, our Troops can enjoy every concert with free.
5) Coastal Uncorked Food & Wine Festival, the inaugural Coastal Uncorked Food and Wine Festival will take place May 16 through 23, 2010, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for our Troops
6) Award our Troops.
A medal will not be awarded or presented to any individual whose entire service subsequent to the time of the distinguished act, achievement, or service has not been honorable. The determination of “honorable” will be based on such honest and faithful service according the standards of conduct, courage, and duty required by law and customs of the service of a member of the grade to whom the standard is applied.
For individuals, don’t know more how to adequately show or convey their gratitude to individual soldiers during Military Appreciation Day. Here are some ways we can show support for our Troops, year-round:
- Attend military ceremonies. Almost all communities across the United States hold some type of military ceremony every year.
- Hosting a party. Simple but warm military appreciation party is filled with nice military appreciation show, play, songs, poem recital etc.
- Attend a parade. Find out in advance where it is and get there early enough to find a good spot to view it from. Take your camera if you want to capture some memories from the occasion.
- Flying the flag. There are many guidelines for displaying the American flag properly, with respect to the flag itself, as well as to any other flags that may be displayed along with it.
- Offering a message or a salute of support for the 2011 Military Appreciation Day.
- Choose Military Appreciation Gifts.
Involve children in the celebrations:
- Plan lessons for school students in the lead up to the event. Educators could write lesson plans reviewing the history of the American military.
- Print off U.S. flags and have children color them in.
- Make patriotic crafts together. Make a pinwheel, a paper star, or a wind sock in flag colors.
- Hosting “Reading Military”. Teach our children know more about Military, many kinds books can help them know why we want to show our support and gratitude for Troops.