President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.
In 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.
The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.
The National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) website offers tips on how to appreciate our military families (link) - I added a few of my own suggestions:
1. Display the American Flag at home and work.
2. Engage media to highlight military and veteran events.
3. Send a care package to a soldier through USO Cares (link). Romance author Megan Mitcham is also accepting thank you letters for military/veterans at this link.
4. Encourage elected officials at all levels to recognize our military and veterans.
5. Thank anyone in uniform ... or those who wear military ball caps, T-shirts, etc. Most likely they are a veteran.
6. Hire a veteran. Support businesses owned and operated by veterans.
I am giving away a box of books from authors connected to the military - active duty, veterans, spouses, brats, and other family members. To enter the giveaway,
1. Can you add to our list of how to appreciate our military families? Can you recommend any organizations that support military families? Do you know any businesses operated by veterans?
2. Comments are open through Sunday, May 21, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Monday, May 22.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
Joint Military Color Guard