By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
Each year during the month of May, we celebrate National Military Appreciation Month — a time when we pay tribute to past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
This month, there are multiple observances and ways to honor our military members for their contributions to our great nation. On Wednesday, we remember Victory in Europe (VE) Day — a day in 1945 that marked the end of World War II in the European theatre due to the heroic efforts of Allied Forces.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day, the Friday before Mother’s Day, is a time set aside to specifically recognize the crucial role our military spouses play in keeping our armed forces strong.
The third Saturday in May is Armed Forces Day and is a time for American citizens to thank and honor all members serving in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Finally, Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is a day to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
On these occasions, Americans across the country will come together to recognize and remember those who served and those who continue to serve in our armed forces — including family members.
Not only is this a time for remembrance but also a time for celebration as we honor the vital service which military members have provided to keep our nation safe.
Even though we always appreciate our members of the armed forces, we ask that you specifically take the time this month to show your gratitude.
We would like to thank our military members here at Fort Leonard Wood for their honorable service, and we also ask they show their appreciation to their families for helping to keep our team of teams strong.
We are proud to serve with you.
Victory starts here…victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)