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VFW National Convention

Baltimore, MD"Every year, thousands of VFW and Auxiliary delegates gather to represent the organization’s total membership of more than 1.6 million at the weeklong convention. While there, our mission is to approve new national priorities to guide our organization as we lobby Congress on issues important to the nation’s veterans, service members and their families."https://www.vfw.org/media-and-events/events/vfw-national-convention/121st-vfw-national-convention

Antiterrorism Awareness Month

For resources to learn more, follow the links below:https://www.dla.mil/AboutDLA/News/NewsArticleView/Article/1257388/antiterrorism-awareness/ https://www.army.mil/article/237618/august_is_antiterrorism_awareness_month

Purple Heart Month

"This month is dedicated to paying our respects to all the brave men and women wounded or killed in combat. The official Purple Heart Day is observed on the 7th day of August each year, commemorating the historic day in 1782 that General George Washington, Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army, commissioned the first Purple Heart […]

Anniversary of the Gulf War

August 2, 2021 marks the 31st Anniversary of the start of the Gulf War.“When Saddam Hussein invaded his small, oil-rich neighbor in the summer of 1990, the Department faced its first full-scale post-Cold War international crisis. Bush’s foreign policy team forged an unprecedented international coalition consisting of the NATO allies and the Middle Eastern countries […]

U.S. Coast Guard Birthday

August 4, 2021 marks the 231st Birthday of the United States Coast Guard."The Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations of the federal government. Established in 1790, the Coast Guard served as the nation's only armed force on the sea until Congress launched the Navy Department eight years later. Since then, the Coast Guard […]

Purple Heart Day

"Purple Heart Day is a day of observance to commemorate the creation of the Purple Heart in 1782."https://www.thepurpleheart.com/history/Learn more: https://www.uso.org/stories/2276-8-purple-heart-facts

National Veterans Wheelchair Games

"The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the world’s largest annual wheelchair sports event solely for military veterans. The event demonstrates the unstoppable character of veterans and seeks to foster wider respect for all people with disabilities.The Wheelchair Games is open to all U.S. veterans with spinal cord injuries, amputations, multiple sclerosis, or other central neurological […]

Vietnam Veterans of America’s National Convention

Vietnam Veterans of America’s 2021 National Convention will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina. “VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.” https://vva.org/who-we-are/about-us-history/ Learn more: https://vva.org/events/2021-vva-national-convention/

National Navajo Code Talkers Day

“August 14 is National Navajo Code Talkers Day, a day to commemorate the contributions of Native American code talkers who served in the U.S. military during World Wars I and II. Code talkers utilized a secret, coded language, based on their native language, to communicate important information over military telephones and radios.”https://nationalvmm.org/national-navajo-code-talkers-day/Learn more:https://americanindian.si.edu/visit/washington/nnavmhttps://blogs.loc.gov/law/2020/08/navajo-code-talkers-day/

National Spirit of ’45 Day

Spirit of '45 Day, passed unanimously by the U.S. Congress in 2010, honors America’s “Greatest Generation” and is observed on the second weekend in August, coinciding with the anniversary of August 14, 1945, the day on which President Truman declared the end of WWII.Learn more:http://www.spiritof45.org/home0.aspx

National Airborne Day

To learn about National Airborne Day, follow the link below:https://www.army.mil/article/238179/national_airborne_day_holds_special_resonance_at_fort_benning_birthplace_of_the_airbornehttps://www.hfotusa.org/the-history-behind-national-airborne-day/

AMVETS National Convention

The AMVETS National Convention is set to be held in Greensboro, NC in 2021.Learn more: https://amvets.org/amvets-national-convention/

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Birthday

August 29, 2021 marks the 106th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.Learn more:https://www.marineheritage.org/https://www.marforres.marines.mil/https://americangimuseum.org/marine-corps-reserves-birthday/

PVA 10th Annual Healthcare Summit + Expo

"For ten years Paralyzed Veterans of America has expanded its commitment to spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D), MS, and ALS patient care through its annual Summit. Summit is an intensive, three-day learning and sharing experience that provides the most updated and vital information, state of the art research, and emerging science, which can be put to […]

Anniversary of the End of Operation Iraqi Freedom

August 31, 2021 marks the 11th Anniversary of the End of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On August 31, 2010, President Barack Obama declared the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom.Learn more:https://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/military/war-in-iraq.htmlhttps://www.cfr.org/timeline/iraq-war

SSLA’s Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium and Career Transitioning Seminar

The 33rd Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium (JWLS) will take place August 31-September 1, 2021, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Va. Each year at JWLS, SSLA offers professional development and leadership seminars to members of all service branches of the military, making it the largest gathering of women in uniform nationwide. For the […]

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this stigmatized topic. It is important to address these issues in the military and veteran community, as well. Veterans do not live, work, and serve in isolation from the community, the nation, or the world. […]

Anniversary of the End of WWII

September 2, 2021 marks the 76th Anniversary of the End of World War II, also referred to as Victory Over Japan Day, or V-J Day.“On September 2, 1945, formal surrender documents were signed aboard the USS Missouri, designating the day as the official Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day).”https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/topics/75th-anniversary-end-world-war-iiLearn more:https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/photos

NGAUS 143rd General Conference and Exhibition

"More than 2,000 Army and Air National Guard officers from all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia gather to connect, party and get down to business setting the NGAUS upcoming legislative agenda."https://www.ngaus.org/events/143rd-general-conference-exhibition

20th Anniversary of 9/11

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Terrorist Attack on the U.S. “September 11th is Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. On this day Americans across the country are called to volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the attacks, first responders, and […]

Hispanic Heritage Month

“Hispanic and Latino Americans have distinguished themselves in the U.S. military for as long as our country has existed.” https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2017/10/national-hispanic-heritage-month-celebrating-veterans/  Learn more: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/79921/secretary-wilkie-honoring-hispanic-american-veterans/ https://www.army.mil/hispanics/history.html https://www.uso.org/stories/2469-hispanic-american-military-heroes 

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

"National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 through a proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter. Since then, each subsequent president has issued an annual proclamation commemorating the third Friday in September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremonies share the common purpose of honoring those who were held captive and returned, […]

U.S. Air Force Birthday and Air National Guard Birthday

September 18, 2021 marks the 74th Birthday of both the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard."The official birth date of the Air National Guard as a reserve component of the Air Force is September 18, 1947. On this date, the first Secretary of the Air Force was sworn in to office per […]

Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day

Originally observed as Gold Star Mother’s Day and declared by Congress in 1936 to be held on the last Sunday in September, President Obama amended the declaration in 2011 to include families. Learn more: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/gold-star-surviving-family/support-after-loss/honoring-gold-star-families/ 

Anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom

October 7, 2021 marks the 20th Anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom.Learn more: http://www.ndswm.org/ https://www.cfr.org/timeline/us-war-afghanistanhttps://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-led-attack-on-afghanistan-begins

U.S. Navy Birthday

October 13, 2021 marks the 246th Birthday of the United States Navy."A 13 October 1775 resolution of the Continental Congress established what is now the United States Navy with 'a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a […]

24th Anniversary of the Military Women’s Memorial

“Dedicated to the more than 3 million women who have served our country since the American Revolution, the Military Women’s Memorial is located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery and is the nation’s only major national memorial to honor all women who have defended the nation—from the Revolution to the present.” https://womensmemorial.org/index.php/about/ 

National Military Family Appreciation Month

“November is Military Family Appreciation Month—a time when America honors and recognizes those unique sacrifices and challenges family members make in support of their loved ones in uniform. No matter what rank or branch, or where life has taken them, our nation’s military families share the common threads of service and sacrifice.”https://www.militaryfamily.org/november-is-military-family-appreciation-month/Learn more: https://www.dodea.edu/dodeaCelebrates/MilitaryFamilyAppreciation.cfm

National Veterans Small Business Week

"Each year the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates, connects, and empowers service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW). This year marks the eighth annual NVSBW."https://www.sba.gov/national-veterans-small-business-week

U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

November 10, 2021 marks the 246th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps.“On 10 November 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of Marines. Congress commissioned thirty-one year old Samuel Nicholas, a well-known Philadelphian, as captain of the fledgling force of Continental Marines. From Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Nicholas raised two battalions […]

National Museum of the Marine Corps Birthday

November 10, 2021 marks the 15th Birthday of the National Museum of the Marine Corps."The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design […]

Anniversary of the End of WWI

November 11, 2021 marks the 103rd Anniversary of the End of World War I, Armistice Day.“World War I – known at the time as ‘The Great War’ – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased […]

Centennial Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery

November 11, 2021 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery."The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is Arlington National Cemetery’s most iconic memorial. The neoclassical, white marble sarcophagus stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. Since 1921, it has provided a final resting place for one of America’s […]

National Museum of the U.S. Army Birthday

November 11, 2021 marks the First Anniversary of the Opening of the National Museum of the United States Army.“The National Museum of the United States Army celebrates over 245 years of Army history and honors our nation’s soldiers–past, present and future–the regular Army, the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.”https://www.thenmusa.org/Learn more: https://history.army.mil/museums/nmusa.html

Veterans Day

"Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In 1938, through an act of Congress, November 11th was made a legal holiday."https://www.govinfo.gov/features/veterans-dayLearn more: https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

Army War College Birthday

November 27, 2021 marks the 120th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Army War College."The US Army War College educates and develops leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of Landpower." https://www.armywarcollege.edu/overview.cfmLearn more: https://usawc.org/

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

"Each year on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, and visitors from all over the world come together to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A further 1,178 people were injured in the attack, which permanently sank two […]

U.S. National Guard Birthday

December 13, 2021 marks the 385th Birthday of what is now the United States National Guard.“On this date in 1636, the first militia regiments in North America were organized in Massachusetts. Based upon an order of the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s General Court, the colony’s militia was organized into three permanent regiments to better defend the […]

Anniversary of the End of the Iraq War

December 15, 2021 marks the 10th Anniversary of the End of the Iraq War.Learn more: https://www.gwotmemorialfoundation.org/https://www.cfr.org/timeline/iraq-warhttps://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-states-declares-end-to-iraq-war

National Wreaths Across America Day

"Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad."https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

U.S. Space Force Birthday

December 20, 2021 marks the second birthday of the United States Space Force. "On December 20, 2019, the United States Space Force (USSF) became the sixth branch of the Armed Forces. The Space Force was established within the Department of the Air Force (DAF) with the enactment of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)." https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/IF11495.pdf […]