Emery McClendon

Dates to Remember

By Emery McClendon
In my article this issue I want to point out some important dates that we as citizens can observe, so that we can pay tribute to those who serve in the Armed Forces.
During these two months we should educate our children, loved ones, friends, and neighbors as to the importance of these dates, and ask them to also show that they care by telling others, and by finding ways to observe them.

May is National Military Appreciation Month
A month set aside to recognize and show appreciation to the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Visit www.nmam.org

May 1, 2017 - Loyalty Day
A day set aside for American citizens to reaffirm their loyalty to the United States and to recognize the heritage of American freedom.

May 1, 2017 - Silver Star Service Banner Day
A day set aside to honor our wounded, ill and dying military personnel by participating in flying a Silver Star Banner.

May 4, 2017 - National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. Pray for the military community.

May 8, 2017 - VE (Victory in Europe) Day
(Celebrated May 7 in commonwealth countries)
This is the day that marks the anniversary of the Allies' victory in Europe during World War II on May 8, 1945.

May 12, 2017 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day
We set this day aside to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of the spouses of the U.S. Armed Forces.

May 13, 2017 - Children of Fallen Patriots Day
A day to honor the families our Fallen Heroes have left behind – especially their children. It’s a reminder to the community that we have an obligation to support the families of our Fallen Patriots.

May 20, 2017 - Armed Forces Day
A day set aside to pay tribute to men and women who serve in the United States’ Armed Forces.

May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day (Decoration Day)
A day set aside to commemorate all who have died in military service for the UnitedStates. Typically recognized by parades, visiting memorials and cemeteries.
Visit www.armad.net .

June 6, 2017 - Anniversary of the World War II Allied invasion in Normandy, France, know as D-Day

June 14, 2017 - Flag Day
A day to commemorate the adoption of the United States flag.

June 14, 2017 - Army Birthday

June 23, 2017 - Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

June 27, 2017 - National PTSD Awareness Day

A day set aside to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD.
There are many ways to show your thanks and appreciation, and it will mean a lot to those who sacrifice to keep our nation free to hear from us.
Get involved, and learn more about these observances that are a rich part of our American heritage.
As we observe these days may we always keep in mind that freedom is not free.
May God bless you and may God continue to bless America.

Emery McClendon
Emery McClendon
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