The first legislation was in the United States Senate in 1999 designating May as National Military Appreciation Month. With the support and sponsorship of Senator John McCain, (R-AZ) and Representative Duncan Hunter, (R-CA) of San Diego and over 50 veteran service organizations, this important and timely legislation tells our service members that their country has set aside an entire month to honor, remember and appreciate them. In April of 2004, more comprehensive legislation was passed by unanimous consent of both Houses of Congress, H. Con. Res. 328, that May is National Military Appreciation Month and urges the President to issue an annual proclamation calling on the American people to recognize this special month of May through appropriate ceremonies and events.
In 1969, the National Military Family Association was founded by a handful of military wives who wanted to make sure their widowed friends were properly taken care of. Two short years later, the Survivor Benefit Plan became law, and the Association has been hard at work ever since. A small but determined group of military wives around a kitchen table has expanded into a strong force of men and women of all ranks and Services and their wives, husbands, children, and parents.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.
To date, over 2800 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan and over 4000 U.S. troops died during the Iraq War. Take time this weekend to pray for the families of those who have fallen. Theirs is a sacrifice and pain that never diminishes with time. Pull out the old photo albums and recall with pride your family members and their service to our country.
Share with me some of the stories of your loved ones who have served our great Nation with pride.