#WATWB: Thank You for Your Service!

May is National Military Appreciation Month in the U.S.

“In 1999 Senator John McCain introduced legislation to designate the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month. Both the Senate and House of Representatives adopted resolutions calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. Service Members during NMAM. These proclamations also urge the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe NMAM.

“National Military Appreciation Month is a declaration that encourages U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. NMAM honors the current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom.  The month of May is characterized by six national observances which highlight the contributions of those who have served.”

  • Loyalty Day, May 1, 2018
  • Public Service Recognition Week, May 6-12, 2018
  • Victory in Europe (VE) Day, May 8, 2018
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day, May 11, 2018
  • Armed Forces Day, May 19, 2018
  • Memorial Day, May 28, 2018

With this in mind, Wisconsin has a “hometown hero” in Laurel Clewell who was named American Legion Commander in July of 2017, a position that a woman hasn’t held in nearly 100 years.


I want to thank all of the men and women who have served this country (or in any other country), as well as those who serve as public employees in local, state or federal government. Bravery, loyalty, and service to others isn’t always noticed or rewarded, but your hard work, diligence and efforts at keeping the community and nation safe is truly appreciated and admired.

(Special shout-out to Natasha, who has transitioned to the retired reserves after serving her country for 20 years. She truly has been honored to serve her country (as I am honored to be her friend) and is deserving of a less rigid life without monthly drills, salutes and PT tests.)

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18 responses to #WATWB: Thank You for Your Service!

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Thank you for sharing this information and for recognizing the best this country has. Thanks especially to Natasha for her service! I hope you have a great long weekend!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Dan! I was surprised to learn of Laurel Clewell and the honorable position she was elected to. I will certainly thank Natasha and have a fabulous weekend, which I wish for you as well. (Stay away from sharp objects, okay?) :-p

  2. Peter Nena says:

    Such kind of events create a sense of unity and identity among the people of a nation. Both are crucial ingredients in the progress and prosperity of humanity. Thank you for sharing.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You are correct, Peter. As a public employee, we celebrated Public Service Recognition Week earlier this month, at work. I have to say that working in Corrections is not easy for many of our staff and the rewards are few and far between. However, I see so much dedication and hard work to the mission and that makes me happy to be part of that community.

  3. Susan Scott says:

    Lovely post Mary thank you, I watched the video. I agree, those in the services are often unrecognised for the work and duty they perform. Brava to Laurel Clewell! Have a great weekend!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m always glad to be part of #WATWB…to share people of good works that might not otherwise be well known. Bravo to all who serve!

  4. JoAnna says:

    Reading this and watching the video, what becomes clear to me is the dependability of our military men and women. We have much to be thankful for.

  5. I was in a US airport once (I forget which one) when some American service personnel came through the concourse. People stopped and clapped. That doesn’t happen here. I can’t really explain why. It’s not a lack of respect as such – ANZAC Day is a big deal these days – we just don’t have that same level of adoration for our armed forces. [shrugs] I don’t have any answers. I just find it interesting.

    Thank you for your post and a special thank you to Natasha for her dedication and service.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The admiration and respect for our service people have really changed since the era of the Viet Nam war, when veterans were being spit on, called baby killers and more. After that, Americans really opened their eyes to the horrors of war and how these people put their lives on the line and serve their country. I’m glad for the clapping as they truly deserve it and more.

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