National Military Appreciation Month

PIERRE, S.D. At the encouragement of the South Dakota Department of the Military, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May  as “National Military Appreciation Month,” a time  for all to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served in the past and those now serving, as well as their families.

National Military Appreciation Month includes:  Loyalty Day on May 1, Victory in Europe Day on May 9, Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 8, Armed Forces Day on May 16 and Memorial Day on May 25.

These days provide an opportunity to learn more about military members and the families who have given of themselves to support and defend the principles we hold dear.

“Less than one percent of Americans currently serve in the armed forces to preserve the rights and freedom that we all enjoy,” said Adjutant General Timothy Reisch, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of the Military. “May is the month that we recognize the patriotism, service and sacrifice of all military members, both past and present.  We also recognize our military families who contribute in very meaningful ways as well.”

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