Honor & Connect: Military Appreciation Month

Each May, the United States observes Military Appreciation Month, a dedicated time to honor the unwavering courage and countless sacrifices of our military personnel and their families. This month is not just a period for remembrance; it’s an active call to connect and support those who have selflessly served our nation.

The Story Behind National Military Appreciation Month

In a unanimous act of gratitude and recognition, Congress officially designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999. This decision was catalyzed by legislation put forward by Senators John McCain and Ben Nighthorse Campbell, acknowledging the profound role the military has played in shaping the United States.

The establishment of this observance was more than a ceremonial gesture; it was a nationwide call to honor and reflect on the sacrifices and triumphs of both current service members and veterans. This month consolidates several key military observances, including Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, and Military Spouse Appreciation Day, each carrying its unique historical and emotional significance.

When Is Military Appreciation Month

May was chosen as Military Appreciation Month due to its historical significance, including several key military dates and anniversaries. This month serves as a time to reflect on the profound contributions of our armed forces and to recognize the sacrifices made by military members and their families throughout our nation’s history.


Each of these observances plays a significant role in Military Appreciation Month, offering various opportunities to honor and connect with our military community.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, is a solemn day of remembrance for those who have died in military service to the United States. It’s a time to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by men and women in the armed forces, ensuring our nation’s freedom and security.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day recognizes the unwavering support and sacrifices of military spouses. Their resilience, strength, and ability to maintain the home front during deployments are crucial to the well-being and success of our military members.

Armed Forces Day

Observed on the third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day honors the men and women currently serving in the U.S. military. This day celebrates the dedication and service of active-duty personnel across all branches of the military.

Loyalty Day

Loyalty Day, observed on May 1st, is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and the recognition of the heritage of American freedom. It’s a day to reflect on our nation’s values and the responsibilities of citizenship.

How To Celebrate Military Appreciation Month

Participate in Local and National Events

One of the most vibrant ways to celebrate Military Appreciation Month is by participating in local and national events. Communities and military bases often organize parades, ceremonies, and public events to honor our military members. These gatherings are not just about celebration but also about showing solidarity and support for those who serve. Attending these events is a powerful way to demonstrate gratitude in person.

You can find more information on main celebrations and events, by visiting the U.S. Department of Defense Live Events page.

Educational Engagement

Educational programs and school events play a crucial role in teaching the younger generation about the military’s role in our national history. Organizing or participating in such events can provide insightful learning experiences.

Consider contacting local veterans’ organizations to invite speakers who can share their experiences and stories with students and community members, offering a personal perspective on military life and service.

Support Through Service

Service-oriented activities offer a hands-on approach to showing appreciation. Volunteering at VA hospitals, writing thank-you cards to deployed troops, or assembling care packages are meaningful ways to contribute. These acts of service not only provide direct support to military members and veterans but also foster a deeper understanding and connection with their experiences.

Promote and Support Military Businesses

Supporting veteran-owned businesses is a practical way to honor military service, and you can dedicate this month to intentionally purchasing from these businesses. Many veteran-owned businesses can be found online or in local directories, offering various products and services with a cause. In Georgia, you can visit the Veteran Owned Business directory to find opportunities to help with your purchase.

Make a Difference With Cell Phones For Soldiers

You can actively participate in Military Appreciation Month through our initiatives at Cell Phones For Soldiers. Our organization provides a platform for you to make a significant impact by donating old cell phones or by volunteering your time to support the community. Your contributions help in providing communication services to military personnel, bridging the distance between them and their loved ones.

Every Phone Counts: Start a Collection Drive

Starting a collection drive for old cell phones is a simple yet impactful way to support our troops. You can gather devices from your community to support the mission of Cell Phones For Soldiers. For a step-by-step guide on organizing a drive, visit the START A CELL PHONE DRIVE section on the Volunteer Opportunities page.

For more information or assistance, feel free to contact Cell Phones For Soldiers directly at

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