May is Military Appreciation Month, an opportunity for Americans to honor and celebrate the U.S. military and veterans. Here’s a schedule of observances:


  • Sunday, May 1st - Loyalty Day. Kicking off the month-long celebration, this day is traditionally set aside for Americans to pledge allegiance to the flag and reassert their love of country. Look out for parades and ceremonies near you.


  • Sunday, May 1st – Saturday May 7th – Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW). During the week following Loyalty Day, U.S. citizens get the chance to salute all public servants, including federal, state, county and local government employees. Events include the Public Service 5K Run/Walk in Anacostia Park, Washington D.C.


  • Friday, May 6th - Military Spouse Appreciation Day. A special day to honor the husbands and wives whose love and support help keep our Armed Forces strong.  


  • Sunday, May 8thVE (Victory in Europe) Day. To mark the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two, events will be held in Washington and across the country. Last year, on the 70th anniversary, vintage planes flew over the capital to symbolize key battles from WW2.


  • Saturday, May 21stArmed Forces Day. Come together with friends and family to pay tribute to the brave men and women serving in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. Look forward to military shows on land, sea and in the air.


  • Monday, May 30th - Memorial Day. The month of appreciation culminates in a federal holiday, commemorating the men and women who died while serving our country.


Here are a couple of direct ways you can show your support for deployed troops and veterans:


  • Show your appreciation by sending a gift for our troops via, including comfort food packages (just $15). A great way to say thanks for their service and sacrifice.
  • Hire a veteran. If you’d like a well-trained and disciplined employee to work for you, contact the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) office nearest you.