Military Appreciation: Celebrate, remember our military members Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 May 2017
By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
Special to GUIDON
In 1999, the United States Senate and House of Representatives adopted resolutions calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. service members each year during National Military Appreciation Month.

The month of May provides several opportunities to celebrate and remember our military members and their achievements.  

Victory in Europe Day recognizes the end of World War II in Europe in 1945 and is observed May 8th; Armed Forces Day, established in 1949, pays tribute to all who have served and is observed the third Saturday in May; and, Memorial Day, established in 1971, commemorates all who have died in military service for the United States and is observed the last Monday of the month.
The Joint Services Color Guard marches off Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. following a Military Appreciation game in 2016. Throughout May, many celebrations will honor and remember sacrifices of military members throught U.S. history. Photo by Matt Decker

On these days and throughout the month, we honor current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who have died safeguarding the American way of life.

 Celebrations, parades, and memorial services will be held across the country to recognize the service and sacrifice of those who are wearing or have worn the uniform.

Not only during May, but any time the opportunity arises, we ask that you take the time to thank those who have served or are serving.

To our current military members, please reflect upon your own service and what it means to you, and take the time to thank your family members or loved ones who consistently support you.

Thank you to the Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen at Fort Leonard Wood for all you do each day to answer the nation’s call here in the heart of our nation.

We are proud to serve with you.

Victory starts here — victory through skill.

(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 May 2017 )