Every May, Americans celebrate Memorial Day in recognition of our military members who have given the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedom.
Yet many people may not realize that there is a lot more than just Memorial Day happening in the month of May.
Starting on the 1st, May brings with it an entire month of appreciation events for our military, which is why it has been dubbed Military Appreciation Month.
And what better way is there to celebrate Military Appreciation Month than to visit a living history museum?
The Museum of the American G.I. is a great place for citizens young and old to learn about our military forces as well as their special days of appreciation and remembrance this month plus see some fascinating artifacts, reenactments, and more!
Make plans to visit military history museums for Military Appreciation Month this May to celebrate these many military holidays and days of appreciation!
Military Appreciation Day
While Military Appreciation Day is not an official U.S. military holiday, many towns and cities do celebrate it by announcing a local day of recognition.
These days frequently include parades, picnics, and other community-wide events to acknowledge and highlight local military members and their families.
They are also the perfect time for anyone close to living history museums to support those exhibits and learn more about America’s military history by paying a visit.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day
Every year, the Friday in May before Mother’s Day is dedicated as Military Spouse Appreciation Day, a day to acknowledge the husbands, wives, and partners who do so much by encouraging their military spouses.
Being the spouse of an active military member can be difficult, especially during active duty deployment when so many military spouses take care of kids and homes and lend emotional and moral support until military members get home.
The true cornerstone of every military family, military spouses definitely deserve recognition, too!
Armed Forces Day
The third Saturday of May is a perfect day to visit a military history museum as Armed Forces Day celebrates the might of the American armed forces on one special day.
A combined observance bringing the Army, Navy, and Air Force together for one grand celebration, the first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on May 20, 1950, when President Truman brought three individual holidays under the same day to recognize all three defense teams and show off their readiness to the American public.
Although it is not a federal holiday and normal businesses operating on Saturdays are usually open, many communities commemorate the day with ceremonies, local parades, and other military-themed events.
A day of remembrance for all fallen military members, Memorial Day is a Federal holiday that happens on the last Monday of May.
Originally celebrated as Decoration Day after the Civil War, it was a day when friends and families would visit the graves of their deceased military relatives and decorate their graves in honor and thanks.
Since 1971, it has been known as Memorial Day, a holiday that still carries the same important meaning.
Memorial Day is celebrated by visiting the graves of loved ones as well as with parades, celebrations, speeches, and other military-themed events.
Additionally, the Museum of the American G.I. will be celebrating with the public during its Remembering the Fallen week-long event.
Visit the Museum of the American G.I. During Military Appreciation Month
May is a big month for military history museums throughout the country, with many of them offering special exhibits and events to commemorate Memorial Day and Military Appreciation Month.
This month, the Museum of the American G.I. presents its Remembering the Fallen event starting May 25 and lasting through May 29, 2022.
The event will include special exhibits and displays, then conclude with a remembrance ceremony and 21-gun salute with 105 Howitzers on Sunday, May 29 at 3:00 PM.
There will also be a display in recognition of Gold Star Aggies in WWI all the way through Operation Desert Storm as well as a walk-through of crosses in remembrance of Gold Stars from the Brazos Valley.
Military Appreciation Month is only a few weeks away.
Plan now to visit a living history museum such as the Museum of the American G.I. in support of our country’s military and to remember those military members that have already passed.
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