This month has flown by for me… I am sure it has for many of you too. Below are some events for this month, and even though we are on the downside of May, there are still events going on. Did you attend any of the events listed here for earlier this month? I would love to hear about them!
In honor of National Military Appreciation Month this May, several organizations are honoring our troops and veterans in special ways.
Here’s a round-up of National Military Appreciation-inspired events and activities, including ways you can help support our troops and vets year-round:
Activities of National Interest
– The Warrior Games: Over 200 wounded active duty members and military veterans from each of the military services are competing in the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 10-14 in conjunction with the USO, the U.S. Paralympics, and Department of Defense. The U.S. Olympic Committee is hosting the games, and offering its training center in Colorado Springs as the site for the weeklong event, which includes shooting, swimming, archery, track, discus, shot put, cycling, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball. To learn more about the Warrior Games, go here, and check back next week for a Kindness exclusive on the Games.
– National Memorial Day Parade: May 30th is the XXIII Annual Rolling Thunder ride on Washington DC. Riders assemble in the North Pentagon Parking Lot at 8 a.m., and leave at noon to ride through our nation’s capital to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Honorary Marshals this year include actors Gary Sinese and Joe Montegna, Military Marshal & Reviewing Officer General James Amos, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Grand Marshall Peter Pace, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Visit theWhite House Commission on Remembrance website to learn more.
– The National Moment of Remembrance: Established by Congress, this day, every May 31 at 3 p.m. local time, Americans are asked wherever they are to pause for one minute in an act of national unity.
– The PGA Tour continued its tradition of honoring our troops for a second year in a row. On May 5, country music award winner Tim McGraw headlined a ceremony to salute military families prior to the start of the tournament. The program included pageantry by military personnel, a color guard, the National Anthem and a flyover by the Blue Angels right up the 18th fairway.
– Build-A-Bear Workshop is celebrating Military Appreciation Month by supporting the USO and offering troops and their families a military discount. The Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation is inviting customers to donate $1 at checkout registers May 3 through June 7 in any Build-A-Bear Workshop retail location in the U.S. to support the USO, which provides morale, welfare and recreational activities to service members and their families. Also, all members of the armed services and their direct dependents will receive a 20% discount on any purchase at Build-A-Bear Workshop store locations in the United States with the presentation of a valid government issued military identification card. Visit the Build-A-Bear Workshop website to learn more about the program.
– New York City’s Fleet Week runs throughout Memorial Day week, May 26 - June 1. The Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, a Veterans Advantage charitable partner, is co-hosting many of the week’s activities in partnership with the City of New York.
– Washington, D.C. region: Operation Homefront’s D.C. Metro Chapter is working with local businesses and residents to honor and support military members and their families throughout the month of May.
May 15: Armed Forces Day- “Guess the Wine” fundraiser at The Wine Cabinet, Reston, Va.
May 18: Spa Day at Walter Reed Medical Center (Arbonne gift bag distribution and spa treatments)
May 22: National Capitol Region Deployed Family Day, The D.C. Armory
May 25: CDW Laptop Presentations to Wounded Warriors, Walter Reed Medical Center
May 26: CDW Laptop Presentations to Wounded Warriors, DeWitt Army Medical Center (Ft. Belvoir)
May 29-31: Deployment Flight Kits Drive, Giant Food Stores (locations across District of Columbia, Md., and Va.)
For more information on any of these events, contact Operation Homefront’s D.C. Chapter by calling toll free at 1-800-779-5903 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How you can help our troops and vets year-round
– Send email Greeting Cards from here.
– Volunteer of visit your local VA Hospital to honor veterans from past conflicts.
– Consider making a donation to these following organizations:
- Armed Forces Children’s Education Fund, Inc.;
- The Fisher House;
- Operation Uplink;
- USO: Donate or volunteer by clicking here.
- National Military Family Association (thanks to @farra for the suggestion!)
Readers: Did we miss an event or way to support our troops and vets? Please leave a comment below.