In 1999, Senator John McCain passed a resolution designating May as “National Military Appreciation Month” in order to promote national awareness of the sacrifices that Veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces have made in the past and continue to make every day in order to support the Constitution and to preserve the freedoms and liberties that enrich our great Nation. National Military Appreciation Month includes Loyalty Day (1st), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (6th), Victory in Europe Day (8th), Armed Forces Day (21th), and Memorial Day (30th).
I encourage you to read the resolution passed by the 106th Congress designating May 1999 as “National Military Appreciation Month”. You also can read the Virginia Military Appreciation Month 2016 Proclamation here.
In honor of NMAM, the UMA is sponsoring the following events:
Thursday May 5: UMA will celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 5th from 12:30-1:30 in Madison West Room 5A44. Please contact us if you are the spouse of a retired, active duty, guard, or reserve military member who works at the USPTO.
Monday, May 16: “Heroes,” an original play in Remembrance of our Fallen Heroes from 11:00-12:00 in the Madison Auditorium.
Tuesday, May 17: The UMA will be delivering letters to wounded, injured, and ill service members at Walter Reed.
Wednesday, May 25: Memorial Day Walk of Thankful Recognition from 11:00-12:00, beginning in the Madison Atrium and ending at the Alexandria National Cemetery.
A comprehensive list of events and information can be found on the National Military Appreciation Month website.
The May edition of the Scuttlebutt is now available. Please click here to read it.