ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Throughout May, state Rep. Mark Walker, D-Arlington Heights, is encouraging residents to recognize National Military Appreciation Month, which honors and remembers those who continue to protect our nation and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
“While it’s important we remember our veterans and those on active duty year-round, it’s just as important we dedicate this month to the memory and the service of our men and women in uniform,” Walker said. “We also should not forget the sacrifices of military families.”
In 1999, Congress officially designated May as National Military Appreciation Month to ensure our nation could publically show its appreciation for our troops. May was selected because it has many events of importance to the military, such as Victory in Europe Day, which commemorates the end of World War II in Europe. Also in May are Armed Forces Day on May 18, Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 10 and Memorial Day on May 27.
“There are many ways to show our appreciation this month, like supporting veteran-owned businesses, donating to organizations aiding homeless veterans and volunteering with local veteran’s groups,” Walker said. “As a former serviceman, I appreciate and thank all those who are and have served both in our communities and around the country. I pledge to continue fighting for our men and women in uniform in the General Assembly.”