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Military Saves Month

@MilitarySaves

"Military Saves, a component of America Saves, and a participant in the Department of Defense Financial Readiness Network seeks to motivate, support, and encourage the entire military community to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. Military Saves encourages the entire military community to take the Military Saves pledge and for organizations to promote savings […]

Month of the Military Child

“April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make […]

U.S. Army Reserve Birthday

@USArmyReserve

April 23, 2021 marks the 113th Birthday of the United States Army Reserve. "What began in 1908 as a small corps of medical professionals held in readiness for duty is today the Army’s global operational reserve force, with a presence in all 50 states, five U.S. Territories and 20 Time Zones across the globe." https://www.usar.army.mil/ArmyReserveBirthday/

Anniversary of the Mexican-American War

April 25, 2021 marks the 175th Anniversary of the Mexican-American War.Learn more:https://history.state.gov/milestones/1830-1860/texas-annexationhttps://www.history.com/topics/mexican-american-war/mexican-american-war

National Military Brats Day

"Military Brats, Inc. founded Military Brats Day in 2016 to recognize present and former children of military personnel, and their dedication and sacrifice in the service of this country."http://militarybratsinc.org/national-military-brats-day-initiative/Learn more: https://www.vehiclesforveterans.org/blog/what-is-military-brats-day-2017/

Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War

April 30, 2021 marks the 46th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War. Learn more: https://www.vvmf.org/ https://armyhistory.org/category/army-history-center/war-cat-91/ https://www.usmcu.edu/Research/Marine-Corps-History-Division/Research-Tools-Facts-and-Figures/Chronologies-of-the-Marine-Corps/Vietnam-War-1962-1975/ https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/vietnam-war/vietnam-war0.html https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/United_States_Airforce_in_Vietnam.pdf

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 […]

Silver Star Service Banner Day

Follow the link below for information on Silver Star Service Banner Day and the Silver Star Medal, recipients of which are celebrated on May 1st each year: http://www.silverstarfamilies.org/

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

"Military Spouse Appreciation Day is a day we honor the contributions and sacrifices made by military spouses. The support and commitment they provide helps keep our country safe. Military spouses serve as the backbone of the families who support our troops during deployments, missions, and reintegration and reset. These spouses are the silent heroes who […]

Victory in Europe Day

May 8, 2021 marks the 76th Anniversary of the End of World War II in Europe, also known as Victory in Europe Day (or V-E Day).Learn more: https://www.defense.gov/Experience/VE-Day/https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/victory-in-europe

Anniversary of the End of the Civil War

May 9, 2021 marks the 156th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War.Learn more:https://www.battlefields.org/learn/galleries/end-civil-war-detailhttps://armyhistory.org/category/army-history-center/war-cat-4/

Children of Fallen Patriots Day

@fallenpatriots

"To salute the sacrifice of military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty, May 13 has officially been proclaimed Children of Fallen Patriots Day. This date shows appreciation for the young people whose lives were forever changed in support of their parents’ service to our country. Too often, this tremendous sacrifice […]

Armed Forces Day

@ArmedForcesDay

"This holiday pays tribute to men and women who serve across all six branches in the United States military." https://www.govinfo.gov/features/armed-forces-day Learn more: https://www.uso.org/stories/2225-when-is-armed-forces-day

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://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

PTSD Awareness Month

"The goal of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month is to encourage the public to be aware of the symptoms and causes of PTSD, as well as advance the discussion about the need for better diagnosis, treatment, and care for those suffering from the effects of trauma." https://www.cohenveteransbioscience.org/2020/06/01/ptsd-awareness-month-2020/ Learn more: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/awareness/index.asp

D-Day

“June 6, 2021 marks the 77th Anniversary of D-Day, when American, British and Canadian forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, in the largest land, air and sea operation to every have taken place.” 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/ https://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2014/06/5-facts-you-may-not-know-about-the-coast-guard-at-normandy/

Midway Night

The Midway Night celebration, held annually on June 6, has not yet been announced for 2021. Please check the Battle of Midway Celebration website (link below) for updates as they become available. "For over 16 years, victory at the Battle of Midway has been celebrated on the battle's anniversary with a formal dinner in Washington, […]

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

@USArmy

June 14, 2021 marks the 246th 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/

National Veterans Golden Age Games

@DeptVetAffairs

"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 […]

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

@USCGAux

June 23, 2021 marks the 82nd 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, 2021 marks the 71st 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, 2021 marks the 73rd 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.  Learn more: 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

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/

Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary 2021 National Convention

@DAVAuxiliary

DAV’s 2021 101st National Convention will be held in Reno, Nevada. “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/

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, 2021 marks the 246th 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 equaling […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]