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National Military Appreciation Month
May is National Military Appreciation Month. This is a special recognition to remind Americans of the importance of the U.S. Armed Forces in history. It is a symbol of unity, honoring today’s military men and women, Veterans and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom.
This month-long observance takes on special meaning in 2020, a year so disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many medical caregivers and first responders who serve our nation so heroically right now honed their skills in military service, sometimes under the stress of combat conditions. Today they are applying their compassion and skills in a no-less stressful battle against COVID-19.
Let’s take a moment to salute these past and present military members who are serving us now in the fight against COVID-19.
This year, Saturday, May 16, we celebrate Armed Forces Day. Thanks to President Harry S. Truman, it’s a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. President Truman led the effort to establish a holiday in order for citizens to unite and to honor our military heroes for their patriotic service in support of the United States of America.
Check our social media throughout May as we recognize all military branches.