You will be very proud when you are looking on a group of American Legion members from Danville, Ind. Post 118 perform a 21-gun salute to fallen vets on the group’s annual Memorial Day Tour.

It’s 8:14 a.m., and about 25 people mill around the small country cemetery, pulling weeds and putting flowers on the graves of relatives.

The true significance of Memorial Day and the sacrifices made by the veterans buried in those cemeteries could get lost in the other hoopla surrounding the three-day weekend that marks the start of summer.

Without pause, the melancholy strains of taps begin to spill from a bugle, chasing the fading echoes of gunfire across the rolling farmland. Just like Gilbreath who is a Vietnam War-era vet said that everything we have in America is because of the sacrifices made by veterans. So what we should to do for them, now it’s the least we can do, salute to fallen vets on the group’s annual Memorial Day tour.


Salute to Fallen Vets on Memorial Day Tour 2011

Take a closer look at the American service members who have died in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.


 

Military Prayer PlaqueA Soldier Payer Plaque. The military plaque features a touching design with praying hands subtly placed in front of the American flag. This design is both a solute and a prayer.


Since Memorial Day was moved to become part of a three-day weekend about 40 years ago, the change has undermined the true spirit of the holiday. Most people think about BBQs and swimming pools and races instead of think about the millions of men and women who died serving their country all the way back to the Revolutionary War.

Though, we will remember all the great men and women who sacrifice their lives for our happiness and peace.

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Across the country, all the major branches of our armed services and their families have received special recognition during the month of May. May is military appreciation month.

The Senate first passed a resolution in 1999 formally designating May as National Military Appreciation Month. That declaration summoned U.S. citizens to observe the month “in a symbol of unity …to honor the current and former members of the armed forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.”

The month culminates in the three-day Memorial Day weekend, commemorated by celebrations, parades, and memorial services established to honor all who serve. During Military Appreciation Month, you can show your appreciation and support for our Troops on Military SpousePublic Service Recognition WeekAppreciation Day, Armed Force Day.

Traditionally, May has focused on the military in many ways:

1) Public Service Recognition Week, celebrated the first full Monday through Sunday in May since 1985, recognizes the roles of public servants, including the military, at local, state, regional and federal levels. As a part of PSRW, communities across America showcase military equipment and service members from U.S. installations. The largest PSRW event takes place on Washington’s National Mall, where more than 100 federal agencies, including the military services, put their activities, people and equipment on public display. This year’s mall event is May 6-9.

2) Military Men and Women, past and present, for their sacrifices, dedication, and service to our country through our appreciation letters, emails, cards and prayers.

3) April 30, Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, featuring The Spinners, Chubby Checker, The Embers, the Catalina, The Craig Woolard Band and 

Coastal Uncorked Food & Wine FestivalAtlantic Groove.

4) Free Military Band Concerts, Every Friday evening in May, Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, our Troops can enjoy every concert with free.

5) Coastal Uncorked Food & Wine Festival, the inaugural Coastal Uncorked Food and Wine Festival will take place May 16 through 23, 2010, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for our Troops

6) Award our Troops.

A medal will not be awarded or presented to any individual whose entire service subsequent to the time of the distinguished act, achievement, or service has not been honorable. The determination of “honorable” will be based on such honest and faithful service according the standards of conduct, courage, and duty required by law and customs of the service of a member of the grade to whom the standard is applied.

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For individuals, don’t know more how to adequately show or convey their gratitude to individual soldiers during Military Appreciation Day. Here are some ways we can show support for our Troops, year-round:

  • Attend military ceremonies. Almost all communities across the United States hold some type of military ceremony every year.
  • Hold a party. Simple but warm military appreciation party is filled with nice military appreciation show, play, songs, poem recital etc.
  • Attend a parade. Find out in advance where it is and get there early enough to find a good spot to view it from. Take your camera if you want to capture some memories from the occasion.
  • Fly the flag. There are many guidelines for displaying the American flag properly, with respect to the flag itself, as well as to any other flags that may be displayed along with it.
  • Offer a message or a salute of support for the 2011 Military Appreciation Day.

Involve children in the celebrations:

  • Prepare military appreciation-themed lesson for students. Educators could write lesson plans reviewing the history of the American military.
  • Print off U.S. flags and have children color them in.
  • Make patriotic crafts together. Make a pinwheel, a paper star, or a wind sock in flag colors.
  • Hold Military Appreciation Month-themed Reading. Teach our children know more about Military, many kinds books can help them know why we want to show our support and gratitude for Troops.

More articles related Military Appreciation:

How to Show Support and Appreciation for Military

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

How to Celebrate the Armed Force Day

Armed Force Day

Veterans Day

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Most people in the United States are grateful for the men and women serving in the military that provide them with the freedoms they have. Too often this appreciation goes unnoticed simply because individuals don’t know how to adequately show or convey their gratitude to individual soldiers.

Show appreciation on these Official Days

Name Date
Military Appreciation Days May 1 – 31, 2011
Armed Forces  Day 21-May
Military Spouse Appreciation Day 13-May
Memorial Day 30-May
Veterans Day 11-Nov

1. Military Appreciation Day

Military Appreciation Day is an event organized by volunteers to provide a day of fishing for our Active Duty Military, Guard and Reservists. The event also includes activities for their families and a southern style cookout.

Celebration

  1. Many hospitality industries give free “Thank you” dinner to any person who has ever served in the United Stated Military on its Military Appreciation Monday.
  2. Military appreciation night – Performance team will pay homage to the men and women who serve our country as it hosts the Military Appreciation evening party on appreciation day.
  3. Fundraising and volunteer activities – Which help military family enjoy better life and help some family get out of difficult including disease, disaster.

2. Military Spouse Appreciation Day

It is a day that is set aside each year to recognize and honor the contributions and sacrifices of military spouses.

1) The history of Military Spouse Appreciation Day – In 1984, then President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the Friday before Mother’s Day to be designated as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Since then, each President and senior military leaders have echoed the sentiments expressed by President Reagan.

2) How to celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day

* National Military Spouse Appreciation Day means the laundry and housekeeping fairies will show up at your house while the cabana boy will hand you drinks with umbrellas by the pool.

* Every friend and relative shows love and concern by the military spouse appreciation day gifts.

* Inviting every military spouse and family enjoy the Military Spouse Appreciation Day Part which organized by local government and volunteers.

3. Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is always celebrated on the third Saturday in May to honor all American military personnel. There are many ways you can participate and celebrate the occasion:

  1. Attend a military air show - Most air shows are held during the middle to late May. Local media will provide air show information and any other celebration details, or you can call the Public Information Office at your nearest military installation
  2. Sending a care package to military – A military care package can bring the comforts of home to those who are so far away for so long.
  3. Fly the flag on Armed Forces Day - There are many guidelines for displaying the American flag properly, with respect to the flag itself, as well as to any other flags that may be displayed along with it.
  4. Attend a parade – Find out in advance where it is and get there early enough to find a good spot to view it from. Take your camera if you want to capture some memories from the occasion.
  5. The educational Armed Force Day – Plan lessons for school students in the lead up to the event. Educators could write lesson plans reviewing the history of the American military. Develop a thematic approach to incorporate reading, writing, social studies and a craft that are focused on Armed Forces.

4. Veterans Day

A federal holiday, it is observed on November 11.Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world.

History

  1. To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations. – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson
  2. The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday

Celebration

  1. Enjoy Holiday- Many Americans have day off from school or work for Veterans Day. Non-essential federal government offices are closed. No mail is delivered. All federal employees are paid for the holiday; those who are required to work on the holiday sometimes receive wages for that day in addition to holiday pay.
  2. Veterans Day Food – The holiday is often celebrated by having a ravioli meal.
  3. Veterans Day Event – Including Veterans Day party, show, parade and the a U.S.-based program which supports military personnel and their families, offer help with résumé writing, networking, and mentoring for veterans transitioning to civilian life.

5. Memorial Day

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. The actual Monday dates for 2009 – 2015 are listed below.

Year Memorial Day
2009 25-May
2010 31-May
2011 30-May
2012 28-May
2013 27-May
2014 26-May
2015 25-May

History

The first known observance of Memorial Day was in Charleston, South Carolina in 1865; freedmen (freed enslaved Africans) celebrated at the Washington Race Course, today the location of Hampton Park, and each year thereafter.

Traditional Observance

  1. Meeting – During this day, several Marion groups gathered in Marion Friday morning to remember a war hero.
  2. Visiting cemeteries and memorials – Many people observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time.
  3. National Memorial Day Concert – The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the west lawn of the United States Capitol. The concert is broadcast on PBS and NPR. Music is performed, and respect is paid to the men and women who gave their lives for their country.
  4. Flag of the United States – One of traditions is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.

Other occasions show appreciation:

  1. Valentine’s day
  2. Thanksgiving day
  3. Christmas Day

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