This week is a special one for those that are serving in or have a loved one serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Today, May 11, 2012, is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. It has been observed since May 23, 1984, when President Ronald Reagan acknowledged the importanance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members. The U.S. Secretary of Defense standardized the date by officially declaring the Friday before Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day.
Armed Forces Week begins the second Saturday in May and ends on the third Sunday. In 2012 it will run May 12–20. This week is a time to recognize those serving in the the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Armed Forces Day is celebrated the third Saturday in May, this year being May 19th. The day was created in 1949 by then Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson as a way to honor those serving in the U.S. military. It was intended to represent the unification of the armed forces under one department – the Department of Defense.
To all of the military spouses: Thank you. The strength you have while your husbands or wives are on a tour of duty is undeniable. Thank you for giving up the most important person in your life so he or she can fight for our country.
To the men and women in our armed forces: Thank you is not enough for what you do. Your bravery and commitment to the U.S. military is a true testament to your character. We truly appreciate all that you do.