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Help to celebrate National Military Appreciation Month
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Dear Editor,
National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) as designated by Congress, provides a period encompassing both the history and recognition of our armed services with an in depth look at the diversity of its individuals and achievements. It allows Americans to educate each generation on the historical impact of our military through the participation of the community with those who serve, encouraging patriotism and love for America.
National Military Appreciation Month includes Loyalty Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, VE Day, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day.
It recognizes those on active duty in all branches of the services, the National Guard and Reserves plus retirees, veterans, and all of their families-well over 90 million Americans and more than  230 years of our nation’s history. Let us celebrate them just as we celebrate the other important entities that make up this wonderful country of ours, they have fought so hard to protect.
Loyalty Day is observed May 1 in the United States. It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American Freedom. It was made an official holiday by the U.S. Congress on July 18, 1958. President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1959 the first official observance of Loyalty Day.
Linda Brungardt
Junior Vice President
VFW Auxiliary Post 3111