November Veterans and Military Families Month
Every American President has declared November 11 Veterans Day since the day it was created. But President Trump has taken it one step further- for the last three years, he issued a proclamation designating November “Veterans and Military Families Month.”
The intent is to extend the celebration of November 11 to the entire month, to honor the service, contributions, and sacrifices of our veterans and their families. Many veterans groups have events scheduled throughout the month. This year’s theme for Veteran’s Day is “Service.”
WWI ended on 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Some of the history of Veteran’s Day can be read on the following graphic:
Veterans Day Facts Infographic
An infographic from MilitaryBenefits.info.
The full text of President Trump’s proclamation is found at the Military Times here. It reads, in part:
“The United States is a beacon of hope, freedom, and opportunity to people around the world. The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who fight to defend our liberty embody courage, patriotism, and loyalty. These patriots safeguard the values that keep our great Nation strong.
During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we honor and express our deep appreciation for these brave men and women and their families.
Throughout our nation’s history, our military men and women have boldly answered the call of duty to defend our nation’s independence and precious liberties, risking life and limb for their fellow Americans. At the inception of our Republic, General George Washington and his men struggled to keep the spark of faith and hope alive through the scourge of disease and the brutal winter months at Valley Forge.
One hundred and forty years later during World War I, American service members shed blood in the trenches of Western Europe, leaving a legacy of heroism and courage under fire at places like Belleau Wood and the River Somme.
Earlier this year, we commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when thousands of American heroes charged through a hail of machine gun fire and left their gallant mark on the pages of history. The courage of our men and women who served and fought during that war freed the world from the shroud of tyranny and ended the oppression of millions across the globe.
In the decades since World War II, Americans have remained at the vanguard in defending freedom around the world, and our service members, veterans and their families continue to spearhead this noble undertaking.
As President Lincoln once said: “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as best he can, the same cause.”
We also recognize the integral role our more than 2.6 million military family members play in supporting our Armed Forces and contributing to their mission. While our military men and women are serving at home or overseas, it is our duty to provide their families with the resources they need to thrive in our communities.
Accordingly, under my Administration, the Department of Defense has created programs for military families that support access to quality childcare and spousal employment and promote occupational licensure reciprocity between States.
We also recognize that our obligation to our military men and women does not end after their time in uniform. We are a nation that leaves no American behind, and that includes our veterans and their family members.” President Trump
Featured photo of the 2019 Veterans Day poster via MilitaryBenefits.info