You’re all familiar with Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Patriot Day and, perhaps, Flag Day.
But every month, there’s an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of all those who comprise the military family. They are good subjects for discussion at home and in the classroom.
The list of observances starts in February. We’ve included February’s observances nonetheless.
Each of these days is worthy of our remembrance.
Feb. 3: Four Chaplains Day. A day set aside to honor the four U.S. Army chaplains who gave their lives to save others when the troop ship USAT Dorchester sank during World War II.
Feb. 15: President’s Day.
Feb. 19: U.S. Coast Guard Reserve established in 1941.
March: Month of the Military Caregiver. Honoring military caregivers.
March 3: u.s. Navy Reserve established in 1915.
March 5: u.s. Navy Seabees established in 1942.
March 13: u.s. Army K-9 Veterans Day. Anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Army K-9 Corps on March 13, 1942.
March 30: Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. Honoring our Vietnam War veterans and saying, “Welcome home.”
April: Month of the Military Child. Recognizing military children for their character, courage, sacrifices and resilience.
April 5: Gold Star Wives Day. Recognizing the sacrifices of Gold Star wives.
April 14: u.s. Air Force Reserve established in 1948.
April 23: u.s. Army Reserve established in 1908.
May: National Military Appreciation Month. A month to show appreciation to the Armed Forces of the United States.
May 1: Silver Star Service Banner Day. A day set aside to honor our wounded, ill and dying military personnel by flying a Silver Star Banner.
May 6: Military Spouse Appreciation Day. A day set aside to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of the spouses of U.S. Armed Forces personnel.
May 8: VE (Victory in Europe) Day. Anniversary of the Allies’ victory in Europe during World War II, May 8, 1945.
May 10: U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps established in 1949.
May 13: Children of Fallen Patriots Day. A day to honor the families our Fallen Heroes have left behind, especially their children. It’s a reminder to the community that we have an obligation to support the families of our Fallen Patriots.
May 21: Armed Forces Day. A day set aside to pay tribute to men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
May 30: Memorial Day. A day set aside to commemorate all who have died in military service for the United States.
June 6: Anniversary of the World War II Allied invasion in Normandy, France, known as D-Day.
June 14: Flag Day. A day to commemorate the adoption of the United States flag.
June 14: U.S. Army established in 1775.
June 23: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary established in 1939.
June 27: National PTSD Awareness Day. A day set aside to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD.
July 29: U.S. Army Chaplain Corps established in 1775.
Aug. 4: U.S. Coast Guard established in 1790.
Aug. 7: Purple Heart Day. Honoring the men and women who have been wounded or killed in military service.
Aug. 8: VJ (Victory over Japan) Day.
Aug. 29: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve established in 1916.
Sept. 11: Patriot Day. Remembering those who were injured or killed in the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
Sept. 16: POW/MIA Recognition Day.
Sept. 18: U.S. Air Force established in 1947.
Sept. 25: Gold Star Mothers and Families Day. A day set aside to honor the families of our nation’s fallen service members.
Oct. 13: U.S. Navy established in 1775.
Oct. 26: National Day of the Deployed. A day set aside to honor all of the men and woman who have been deployed and are sacrificing, or have sacrificed, their lives to fight for our country. Acknowledges the families that they are separated from.
Nov. 10: U.S. Marine Corps established in 1775.
Nov. 11: Veterans Day. The anniversary of the signing of the armistice which ended the Great War; also a day set aside to thank all military veterans for their service.
Nov. 28: U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps established in 1775.
Dec. 1: U.S. Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) established in 1941.
Dec. 7: Pearl Harbor Day. Remembering Japan’s attack on U.S. naval forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Dec. 13: National Guard established in 1903.
Dec. 17: National Wreaths Across America. An annual laying of wreaths at veterans’ cemeteries across the nation.
Dec. 28: U.S. Army Chaplain Assistant position established in 1909.