Military Appreciation Month

"Officially designated by Congress in 1999, Military Appreciation Month takes place every year throughout the entire month of May. Every year, the president issues an annual proclamation reminding Americans to celebrate this patriotic month that pays tribute to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom." https://www.uso.org/stories/2699-what-is-military-appreciation-month

Month of the Military Caregiver

@DoleFoundation

The Month of the Military Caregiver is observed each May to honor more than five million military caregivers in the U.S. Learn more: https://www.elizabethdolefoundation.org/ 

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

"The observance of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is an occasion to remember the patriotism of AAPIs who have served, or are currently serving, in the Department of Defense (DOD), our nation and, specifically, here at the DoD Education Activity (DoDEA). May was chosen as the observance month to commemorate the arrival of […]

Memorial Day

“Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.” https://www.usmemorialday.org/history-of-memorial-day  Learn more: https://militarybenefits.info/memorial-day/ 

PTSD Awareness Month

“June is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, and is intended to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD, reduce the stigma associated with PTSD, and help ensure that those suffering from the invisible wounds of war receive proper treatment.”  https://militarybenefits.info/ptsd-awareness-month/ 

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Daily Taps at the WWI Memorial

“Taps,” our national song of remembrance by Congress’ declaration, is played at 5 p.m. each evening at the WWI Memorial in Washington, DC.  Visitors to the memorial will hear and see the emotional tribute to all who served and are serving in the armed services played by a military bugler in WWI period military dress. […]

Midway Night

The Battle of the Midway Commemoration Dinner for 2022 will be held on June 3rd at the Army Navy Country Club. Please check the Battle of Midway Celebration website (link below) for updates as they become available. http://bomcommemoration.org  Learn more: https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/battle-midway https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/world-war-ii/1942/midway.html https://www.immf-midway.com/index.html

D-Day

June 6, 2022 marks the 78th Anniversary of D-Day.  "It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitlers dream of Nazi domination. Overlord was the largest air, land, and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6, 1944." https://www.dday.org/overview/  Learn more: https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/topics/d-day https://www.army.mil/d-day/history.html https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/world-war-ii/d-day.html https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/1789416/operation-overlord-d-day/ 

Women Veterans Day

Women have served in the military since the founding of the Republic. From the story of Molly Pitcher, who served with the Continental Army during the Revolution, to the women serving today, America’s military women have long demonstrated courage, patriotism and leadership.  Women Veterans Day was first celebrated in June of 2018. Learn more: https://womensmemorial.org/

Flag Day

"In 1893, the Society of Colonial Dames succeeded in getting a resolution passed to have the flag displayed on all of the city’s public buildings. Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin and the president of the Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania, that same year tried to get the city to call June 14 […]

U.S. Army Birthday

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June 14, 2022 marks the 247th Birthday of the United States Army.  Learn more: https://history.army.mil/html/faq/birth.html https://armyhistory.org/army-history-center/ https://www.thenmusa.org/

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

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June 23, 2022 marks the 83rd Birthday of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. “When the Coast Guard “Reserve” was authorized by act of Congress on June 23, 1939, the Coast Guard was given a legislative mandate to use civilian volunteers to promote safety on and over the high seas and the nation’s navigable waters. […]

Anniversary of the Korean War

June 25, 2022 marks the 72nd Anniversary of the Start of the Korean War.  “After five years of simmering tensions on the Korean peninsula, the Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when the Northern Korean People’s Army invaded South Korea in a coordinated general attack at several strategic points along the 38th parallel, the […]

Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift

June 26, 2022 marks the 74th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, an allied humanitarian aid response to the Soviet Union’s land and sea blockade of West Germany at the end of WWII, and which led to the organization of NATO.  https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Inside-DOD/Blog/Article/2062719/the-berlin-airlift-what-it-was-its-importance-in-the-cold-war/ https://www.nato.int/cps/fr/natohq/declassified_156163.htm  

National PTSD Awareness Day

"Many people across the globe suffer silently with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). In an effort to educate the public and help those affected, June 27 has been named PTSD Awareness Day." https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2020/ptsd-awareness-day-talking-about-a-silent-disorder.html Learn more: https://www.apa.org/topics/ptsd/ptsd-awareness https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/awareness/index.asp

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Daily Taps at the WWI Memorial

“Taps,” our national song of remembrance by Congress’ declaration, is played at 5 p.m. each evening at the WWI Memorial in Washington, DC.  Visitors to the memorial will hear and see the emotional tribute to all who served and are serving in the armed services played by a military bugler in WWI period military dress. […]

Independence Day

"Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire but now the United States of America." https://www.govinfo.gov/features/independence-day Learn more: https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/july-04/

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 […]

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

The 34th Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium (JWLS) will take place July 10-13, 2022, 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 fourth […]

VFW National Convention

The 123rd VFW National Convention will be held in Kansas City from July 16th-21st.  “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 […]

National Veterans Golden Age Games

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“The National Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, and the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older Veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. The National Veterans Golden Age Games […]

National Hire a Veteran Day

Follow the links below for resources about hiring veterans and how National Hire a Veteran Day came about: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/50758/july-25-national-hire-veteran-day/ https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/hire https://blog.dol.gov/2020/07/24/dol-salutes-national-hire-a-veteran-day

National Buffalo Soldiers Day

"Buffalo Soldiers Day on July 28 commemorates the formation of the first regular Army regiments comprised of African American soldiers on September 21, 1866, seventeen months after the end of the Civil War. Established by Congress, these regiments were the first peacetime, all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army." https://nationalvmm.org/buffalo-soldiers-day-july-28/ Learn more: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/buffalosoldiers/index.htm

U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Anniversary

July 29, 2022 marks the 247th Birthday of the United States Army Chaplain Corps.  “The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps is one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army. The Chaplain Corps dates back to 29 July 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized one chaplain for each regiment of the Continental Army, with pay […]

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 […]

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Daily Taps at the WWI Memorial

“Taps,” our national song of remembrance by Congress’ declaration, is played at 5 p.m. each evening at the WWI Memorial in Washington, DC.  Visitors to the memorial will hear and see the emotional tribute to all who served and are serving in the armed services played by a military bugler in WWI period military dress. […]

Anniversary of the Gulf War

August 2, 2022 marks the 32nd 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 […]

U.S. Coast Guard Birthday

August 4, 2022 marks the 232nd 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 […]

Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary 2022 National Convention

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DAV’s 2022 102nd National Convention will be held in Orlando, Florida.  “DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.” https://www.dav.org/learn-more/about-dav/  Learn more: https://www.dav.org/events/ 

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

Vietnam Veterans of America’s National Convention

Vietnam Veterans of America’s 2022 National Convention will be held in Greenville, 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/2022-vva-national-leadership-conference/ 

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: […]

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.  “Join us as we celebrate the Spirit of shared sacrifice, service, […]

AMVETS National Convention

The 77th AMVETS National Convention is set to be held in New Orleans in 2022.  Please visit the link below as more information becomes available. https://amvets.org/amvets-national-convention/ 

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_airborne https://www.hfotusa.org/the-history-behind-national-airborne-day/

The American Legion’s 103rd National Convention

The American Legion’s 103rd National Convention will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 26 – September 1, 2022.  Learn more: https://www.legion.org/convention/resources  

PVA 11th Annual Healthcare Summit + Expo

“For more than a decade, 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 […]

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Birthday

August 29, 2022 marks the 107th 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/ 

Anniversary of the End of the War in Afghanistan

August 30, 2022 marks the 1st anniversary of the end of the war in Afghanistan. Begun in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the conflict became the longest war in United States history. Learn more:https://www.cfr.org/timeline/us-war-afghanistan

Anniversary of the End of Operation Iraqi Freedom

August 31, 2022 marks the 12th 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.html https://www.cfr.org/timeline/iraq-war

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. […]

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Daily Taps at the WWI Memorial

“Taps,” our national song of remembrance by Congress’ declaration, is played at 5 p.m. each evening at the WWI Memorial in Washington, DC.  Visitors to the memorial will hear and see the emotional tribute to all who served and are serving in the armed services played by a military bugler in WWI period military dress. […]

Anniversary of the End of WWII

September 2, 2022 marks the 77th 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-ii  Learn more: https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/photos 

21st Anniversary of 9/11

This year marks the 21st 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, 2022 marks the 75th 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 […]

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/ 

NGAUS 144th 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/144th-general-conference-exhibition 

2022 Women Marines Association Biennial Convention and Symposium

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The Women Marines Associations (WMA) will hold its Biennial Convention and Professional Development Symposium 29 September to 3 October in Las Vegas, NV at the Golden Nugget Hotel 129 E. Fremont St.  Registration details will be posted to the WMA website www.womenmarines.org or at #WMAStrong. The Women Marines Association (WMA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable […]

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Daily Taps at the WWI Memorial

“Taps,” our national song of remembrance by Congress’ declaration, is played at 5 p.m. each evening at the WWI Memorial in Washington, DC.  Visitors to the memorial will hear and see the emotional tribute to all who served and are serving in the armed services played by a military bugler in WWI period military dress. […]

Anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom

October 7, 2022 marks the 21st Anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Learn more: http://www.ndswm.org/ https://www.cfr.org/timeline/us-war-afghanistan https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-led-attack-on-afghanistan-begins 

U.S. Navy Birthday

October 13, 2022 marks the 247th 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 […]

25th 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: […]

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Daily Taps at the WWI Memorial

“Taps,” our national song of remembrance by Congress’ declaration, is played at 5 p.m. each evening at the WWI Memorial in Washington, DC.  Visitors to the memorial will hear and see the emotional tribute to all who served and are serving in the armed services played by a military bugler in WWI period military dress. […]

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, 2022 marks the 247th 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 […]

National Museum of the Marine Corps Birthday

November 10, 2022 marks the 16th 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 […]

Anniversary of the End of WWI

November 11, 2022 marks the 104th 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 […]

National Museum of the U.S. Army Birthday

November 11, 2022 marks the Second 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: […]

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-day Learn more: https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery

November 11, 2022 marks the 101st 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 […]

Army War College Birthday

November 27, 2022 marks the 121st 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.cfm  Learn more: https://usawc.org/ 

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Daily Taps at the WWI Memorial

“Taps,” our national song of remembrance by Congress’ declaration, is played at 5 p.m. each evening at the WWI Memorial in Washington, DC.  Visitors to the memorial will hear and see the emotional tribute to all who served and are serving in the armed services played by a military bugler in WWI period military dress. […]

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, 2022 marks the 386th 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 […]

Anniversary of the End of the Iraq War

December 15, 2022 marks the 11th Anniversary of the End of the Iraq War.  Learn more: https://www.gwotmemorialfoundation.org/ https://www.cfr.org/timeline/iraq-war https://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, 2022 marks the third 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).” […]