“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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