As we finish the third week of National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM), many continue to remember military members, veterans, their families, and their combined sacrifices each and every day. Additionally, as we look towards Memorial Day on Monday, May 27th, 2019, many will take the time to remember our nation’s veterans and commemorate those who died while in military service.
Years ago, while serving as a wing commander, I was honored to preside during a Memorial Day ceremony at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. During my speech, I stated “Memorial Day is an annual reminder of the everlasting debt we owe to courageous soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen who died on battlefields around the world. We exist in a free society today because of their many sacrifices…from Bunker Hill to Afghanistan to every battle in between, including stateside.”
To me, this everlasting debt is part of the foundation of our nation.
To that end, for those interested in learning how they can show their appreciation to the military by participating in National Military Appreciation Month, Military.com has a list available here.
For background, “National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) is celebrated every May and is a declaration that encourages U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. NMAM honors the current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom. The month of May is characterized by six national observances which highlight the contributions of those who have served” stated MilitaryBenefits.info.
NMAM traces its history to 1999, when the late-Senator John McCain introduced legislation to designate May as National Military Appreciation Month. Next, the Senate and House adopted “resolutions calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. Service Members during NMAM. These proclamations also urge the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe NMAM” according to MilitaryBenefits.info.
The author, US Air Force Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler, is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, munitions, technology, SBIR, production, logistics, and supply. Carl served on active-duty for almost three decades as a career aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer. Carl is a proud supporter of veterans and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Wounded Warrior Project.