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.” Source: U.S. Memorial Day Learn more: Britannica History & Society: Memorial Day

75th Commemoration of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act

“Signed on June 12, 1948, the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act legally permitted women to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces in a number of official capacities. Most importantly, the act allowed women to serve in all four branches of the military. Previously, women serving in the military could enlist as volunteers in clerical positions […]

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: Military Women’s […]

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.” Source: American Red Cross Learn more: American Psychological Association: Posttraumatic stress disorder U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: PTSD: National Center for PTSD

National Hire a Veteran Day

Follow the links below for resources about hiring veterans and the origins of National Hire a Veteran Day. Learn more: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: July 25: National Hire a Veteran Day U.S. Department of Labor: Hire a Veteran U.S. Department of Labor Blog: 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.” Source: National Veterans Memorial and Museum […]

Purple Heart Day

“Currently, the Purple Heart, per regulation is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after April 5, 1917 has been wounded, killed, or has […]

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.” Source: National Veterans […]

National Airborne Day

“On August 16, 1940, while World War II was raging but before the United States had entered the war, a platoon of Soldiers completed four days of parachute jumps in a test that led to creation of the Army's elite paratrooper units, known as the Airborne.” Source: U.S. Army Learn more: Homes for our Troops: […]

23rd Anniversary of 9/11

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. “On the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Americans of all ages and backgrounds are again invited to join and lead community service projects to honor the lives and service of those we lost on September 11.” Source: AmeriCorps Learn […]

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, […]

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. In 1954, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, […]

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.” Source: Wreaths Across America Learn more: Veteran Community: National Wreaths Across […]