May is officially noted as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). First designated by Congress in 1999, and marked each year by a proclamation from the President of the United States, Military Appreciation Month is a month-long observance to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.
This month was selected for NMAM because it includes a number of important days that honor the past and present members of the Armed Forces and their families:
Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) – Friday, May 8
May 8, 1945 is the day that marked the end of World War II in Europe.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day – Friday, May 8
Traditionally set for the Friday before Mother’s Day, this day honors military spouses. It recognizes the valuable role military families play in keeping the Armed Forces strong and the country safe.
Armed Forces Day – Saturday, May 16
On this day, people come together to thank our military members for their patriotic service.
Memorial Day – Monday, May 25
Memorial Day is recognized and celebrated at the end of May to honor the sacrifices and services provided by all branches of the military. The day commemorates the men and women who died while in military service.
During May, and every day, USBA joins the Nation in remembering, and thanking, the men and women of the Armed Forces for their service.