We at Forward March Inc. want to wish you all a wonderful Memorial Day, while remembering the true meaning of this day.
Remember all those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom and our way of life.
At Forward March Inc. we appreciate the military spouse that has supported our team members from deployments to long days in the office and through so much more. As Veterans we can never say thank you enough for their sacrifice, support and sustainment of our military families.
In 1984, President Ronald Regan declared May 23 as the first Military Spouse Day. Soon after, U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger standardized the date by declaring the Friday before Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Later, in 1999, Congress officially made the observance a part of National Military Appreciation Month.
Military spouses don’t sign on any dotted lines or deploy in defense of our country, but they serve just the same. Their experiences help develop them into the strong, competent, thoughtful, resourceful, engaging people who make up our military community.
The Military spouse population is large. There are more than 680,000 active duty spouses who play and important part in the military community. Due to their spouses’ military duty they face many unique challenges. Spouses are and have always been an essential part of the military Family and they contribute to readiness by allowing military members to remain focused on their missions. They are the “force behind the force” and support military members with courage through difficult circumstances, which include numerous household moves as well as stressful deployments.
The Strength of our military members comes from the strength of their Families and the military spouse is the backbone, the support and strength.
In honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, DoDLive blogger Josiah Wilson pulled together some quick facts about military spouses and featured them in this fantastic infographic.
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Join the celebration! What are you doing for National Military Appreciation Month?
National Appreciation Month started as a simple idea; to gather America around its military family to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who serve and have served all while knowing its history. Legislated twice, this idea continues to evolve experiencing increased national attention & recognition!
In April of 2004, more comprehensive legislation was passed by unanimous consent of both Houses of Congress as H. Con. Res. 328 solidified May as National Military Appreciation Month. It also reminds the President of the United States to issue annual proclamations calling Americans to recognize this special month through appropriate ceremonies and events.
Most intriguing to National Military Appreciation Month success is that it’s built from the ground up by a handful of volunteers with genuine desire to motivate public patriotism, awareness and support for our troops, veterans and their families.
Our military continues to play a major role in the development of our country chronicled through history of unbending honor, dedication to duty and genuine love of country. Alarming is younger generations who distance themselves by lacking awareness of, nor value the service given by our family Americans; many of whom are of the “Greatest Generation” that we see now. Schools rarely teach crucial military events that turned the course of history evident as they continue to lose connection with our own American history. Names like Pearl Harbor, San Juan Hill, Civil War, Continental Army, 38th Parallel, Berlin Airlift, Tet Offensive and Normandy continue to loose their significance within the general American population; particularly our future generations – our youth. Because of this, we now combine American Military History Month into the month of May encouraging educators to develop lesson plans that will highlight the history of each military branch.
As most holidays commemorating historical military events become marketing avenues to distract our focus on its original purpose; this month is necessary to remind us of the sacrifices and the history we as Americans have been privileged to participate in throughout the past 237 years.
Due to military deployments worldwide protecting our national interests, Americans are asked to serve. And employers are asked to accommodate these lengthy absences adding demands on the employees. Our military represents the highest caliber of professionalism, patriotism and technology and all we ask to willingly risk their lives on a moments notice. So family Americans; lets willingly and openly recognize their contributions and sacrifices of their families! Thank you!
GOD BLESS AMERICAS ARMED FORCES – OUR FOUNDATION TO FREEDOM!
Making the world better helping one Veteran at a time.