Military Holidays

There are many different Military Holidays and Observances to honor our Veterans, the active duty personnel currently serving in the US Military, those in the reserves, and the military families, the military spouses and military children left behind. They deserve our Love and Respect! As a Military dependent, this is a subject near and dear to my heart. 

I've also included many of the Patriotic Holidays on this page, and those like Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, who was a leader of civil rights, human rights, and promoted peace!

R.E.D. Friday - Wear RED every Friday to Remember Everyone Deployed!

R.E.D. Friday - Wear RED every Friday to Remember Everyone Deployed!
 Meme by Daveda Gruber

Our Dad was a career Army officer who retired as a Lt. Colonel. He served one year in the Korean War, and two tours of Vietnam. He was a pilot who flew planes during the Korean War, and helicopters during the Vietnam War.

1st Lt. Smith in Augsberg Germany in 1956

My Dad, 1st Lt. Smith in Augsberg Germany in 1956. My sister Kerry and I were both born there.


Branches of the Military

We plan to do an overview page for each of the different branches of the US Military. Each branch has their respective Guard and Reserve units. These are:

  • US Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard
  • US Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard
  • US Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve
  • US Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
  • US Navy, Navy Reserve


Video Tribute to the US Military Soldiers!

Below, is a must watch video...it has some amazing shots!


Military Holidays

Ultimately, there will be a devoted page done for each of the different Military Holidays and Observances.  As pages are completed, they will be linked up below, as well as in our Daily Holiday pages, our Holidays by Month pages, and our Holidays and Observances Alphabetical Listing.


January

2023 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Snowcare for Troops Awareness Week - January 22-28, 2023

2023 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • World Day for War Orphans - January 6
  • Martin Luther King Jr's Day - January 16, 2023 (Third Monday in January) He was a leader of civil rights, human rights, and promoted peace!
  • Vietnam Peace Day - January 27

February

2023 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Salute to Veteran Patients - February 12-18, 2023 (Week of February 14 - Valentine's Day)

2023 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • G.I. Joe Day - February 1
  • National Freedom Day - February 1
  • USO Day - February 4
  • International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers - February 12 (Also Known as Red Hand Day)
  • Remember the Maine Day (U.S.S. Maine) - February 15
  • Coast Guard Reserves Birthday - February 19
  • Iwo Jima Day - February 19
  • President's Day - February 20, 2023 (Third Monday in February)
  • Washington's Birthday - February 20, 2023 (Third Monday in February). Some State and Local Governments refer to this day as President's Day. His Actual Birthday is on February 22


March

2023 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day - March 1
  • Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Day (Bikini Day) - March 1
  • World Civil Defence Day - March 1
  • Navy Reserves Birthday - March 3
  • Hug a GI Day - March 4
  • Alamo Day - March 6
  • Casimir Pulaski Day - March 6, 2023 (First Monday in March)
  • K-9 Veterans Day - March 13
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom Day - March 19
  • National Medal of Honor Day - March 25
  • Vietnam Veterans Day or Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day - March 29

April

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Confederate History Month
  • Month of the Military Child 

2022 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Global Day of Action on Military Spending - April 13 - May 12, 2022 
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day or Yom HaShoah - Evening of April 27, 2022 to Evening of April 28, 2022
  • Holocaust Remembrance Week - April 24 - May 1, 2022 (Starts the Sunday before Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and continues through the following Sunday)

2022 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • U.S. Air Force Academy Day - April 1
  • International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action - April 4
  • Gold Star Spouses Day - April 5
  • Gold Star Wives Day - April 5
  • Army Day - April 6
  • Appomattox Day - April 9
  • Jenkins Ear Day - April 9
  • National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day - April 9
  • Winston Churchill Day - April 9
  • Halifax Day (Local Observance in Halifax, North Carolina) - April 12
  • Air Force Reserve Birthday - April 14
  • Patriot's Day - April 18, 2022 (Massachusetts and Maine) (Third Monday of April)
  • Army Reserves Birthday - April 23
  • Confederate Memorial Day - April 25, 2022 (States of AL, GA)
  • Confederate Memorial Day - April 25, 2022 (Mississippi)
  • Confederate Heroes' Day - April 26 (State of FL)
  • Mantanzas Mule Day - April 27
  • Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare - April 29
  • National Military Brats Day - April 30

May

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Military Appreciation Month 

2022 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Armed Forces Week - May 15-21, 2022 - (Week prior to Armed Forces Day, the 3rd Sunday in May)
  • Global Day of Action on Military Spending - April 13 - May 12, 2022 
  • Holocaust Remembrance Week - April 24 - May 1, 2022 (Starts the Sunday before Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and continues through the following Sunday)
  • Public Service Recognition Week - May 1-7, 2022 (First Full week of May)
  • Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War II - May 8-9

2022 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Loyalty Day - May 1
  • Silver Star Service Banner Day - May 1
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day - May 6, 2022 (Friday before Mother's Day which is May 8, 2022)
  • National Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Day - May 7, 2022 (First Saturday of May)
  • V-E Day - May 8
  • Confederate Memorial Day - May 10, 2022 (States of North Carolina and South Carolina) 
  • Children of Fallen Patriots Day - May 13
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever Day - May 14
  • International Conscientious Objector Day - May 15
  • National Defense Transportation Day - May 20, 2022 (Third Friday in May)
  • Armed Forces Day - May 21, 2022 (Third Saturday in May)
  • National Maritime Day - May 22
  • Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day (ARMAD) - May 28, 2022 (Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend) 
  • Memorial Day - May 30, 2022 - (Last Monday in May)


1st LT Smith in 1953 during the Korean Way, before a Combat Mission.

My Dad, 1st LT Smith in 1953 during the Korean War, before a Combat Mission.


June

2022 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • America The Beautiful Week - June 5-11, 2022 (First Full Week of June)
  • Greencare for Troops Week - June 19-25, 2022
  • Honor America Days - June 14 - July 4 (21 Days starting on June 14)
  • National Flag Week - June 12-18, 2022 (The week that includes June 14)

2022 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Don't Give Up The Ship Day - June 1
  • D-Day Invasion Anniversary - June 6
  • Bunker Hill Day - June 12, 2022 (State of Massachusetts)
  • Flag Day - June 14
  • Pause for the Pledge Day - June 14
  • US Army Birthday - June 14
  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday - June 23
  • PTSD Awareness Day - June 27
  • Operation Red Wings Observance - June 28

July

2022 Days: (Sorted by Date)

August

2022 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Aviation Week - August 15-21 (Always during the week of Orville Wright's Birthday on August 19)

2022 Days: (Sorted by Date)

September

2022 Days: (Sorted by Date)

October

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Agent Orange Awareness Month

2022 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Alvin C. York Day (World War I Hero) - October 8
  • General Pulaski Memorial Day - October 11
  • US Navy Birthday (USN) - October 13
  • National Pets for Veterans Day - October 21
  • Day of the Deployed - October 26

November

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Military Family Month 
  • National Veterans and Military Families Month

2022 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • US Marine Corps Birthday (USMC) - November 10
  • Armistice Day - November 11
  • Veteran's Day - November 11
  • Veteran Owned Business Anniversary - November 11

December

2022 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Civil Air Patrol Birthday (USAF Auxiliary) - December 1
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - December 7
  • US National Guard Birthday - December 13





Follow our Holidays and Observances Military Holidays Board on Pinterest - below you will see our 30 most recent pins! We will have a devoted board for all the main holidays, and will showcase those on the devoted pages for that holiday.




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