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!
RED Friday Article and 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 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.


2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Martin Luther King Jr's Day - January 15, 2018 (Third Monday in January) He was a leader of civil rights, human rights, and promoted peace!
  • Vietnam Peace Day - January 27


2018 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Salute to Veteran Patients - February 11-17, 2018 (Week of February 14 - Valentine's Day)

2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)


2018 Days: (Sorted by Date)


Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Month of the Military Child - Entire Month of April

2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Holocaust Remembrance Week - April 23-30, 2017 (Starts the Sunday before Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and continues through the following Sunday)

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • U.S. Air Force Academy Day - April 1
  • 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
  • Global Day of Action on Military Spending - April 13, 2015 (2017 TBA) The aim of this day is promoting a common awareness of the amounts of money spent on military, and advocating a shift of budget priorities to spending on human development. 
  • Air Force Reserve Birthday - April 14
  • Confederate Memorial Day - April 22 (States of AL, FL, GA)
  • Army Reserves Birthday - April 23
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day or Yom HaShoah - Evening of April 23 - Evening of April 24, 2017
  • Mantanzas Mule Day - April 27
  • National Military Brats Day - April 30


Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Military Appreciation Month - Entire Month of May

2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Armed Forces Week - May 13-21, 2017 (Starts on Second Saturday in May)
  • Public Service Recognition Week - May 7-13, 2017 (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

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Loyalty Day - May 1
  • Silver Star Service Banner Day - May 1
  • National Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Day - May 2
  • V-E Day - May 8
  • Confederate Memorial Day - May 10 (States of North Carolina and South Carolina)
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day - May 12, 2017 (Friday before Mother's Day which is May 14, 2017)
  • Armed Forces Day Military-Amateur Crossband Communications Day - May 14, 2017 (First Saturday in May)
  • Armed Forces Day - May 20, 2017 (Third Saturday in May)
  • Maritime Day - May 22
  • Memorial Day - May 29, 2017 - (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.


2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Flag Week - June 11-17, 2017 (The week that includes June 14)

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day (ARMAD) - June 4, 2016 (2017 TBA)
  • D-Day Invasion Anniversary - June 6
  • Flag 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


2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Independence Day (Fourth of July) - July 4
  • Department of Veterans Administration Created - July 21
  • Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Corps - July 29


2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Aviation Week - August 15-21, 2017 (Always during the week of Orville Wright's Birthday on August 19)

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • US Coast Guard Birthday (USCG) - August 4
  • Hiroshima Day - August 6
  • Purple Heart Day - August 7 (More Info: Purple Heart Foundation:
  • National Spirit of '45 Day - August 13, 2017 (Second Sunday in August)
  • V-J Day - August 14 (Japan Surrenders)
  • V-J Day - August 15 (Japan's Surrender Announced to the World)
  • National Airborne Day - August 16
  • National Aviation Day - August 19
  • Marine Corps Reserve Birthday - August 29


2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • V-J Day - September 2 (Ceremony & Formal Signing of Japan's Surrender) (See August 14 and 15)
  • 9/11 Remembrance Day - September 11
  • Patriot Day - September 11 
  • National POW / MIA Recognition Day - September 15, 2017 (Third Friday in September)
  • US Air Force Birthday (USAF) - September 18
  • Gold Star Mother's Day - September 24, 2017 (Last Sunday in September)


Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Agent Orange Awareness Month

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • US Navy Birthday (USN) - October 13
  • Day of the Deployed - October 26


Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Military Family Month - Entire Month of November

2017 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


2017 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.

Click on the SEE ON PINTEREST bar right above, (link will take you to Pinterest) to see all the rest of our photo's on this board, and to Follow the board. New photos will be constantly added!

To ALL the Military Folks out there - Thanks to All for your Service!

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