Dates marked in BLACK are traditional (and some more recently acknowledged) observances for the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Other traditional (non-military) dates have been included as well.

Dates marked in BLUE are listed to help military supporters understand that holidays (as well as birthdays, graduations, births, weddings, funerals) are significants days in which the absence of a loved one (due to deployment, geographical separation, or loss) is felt on a more significant level.

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January

January 1, 2017 - New Year's Day

January 16, 2017 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
A day set aside to celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., aninfluential American civil rights leader. Learn more...


February

February 3, 2017 - Four Chaplains Day
A day set aside to honor the four U.S. Army chaplains who gave their lives to save others when the troop ship USAT Dorchester sank during World War II. Learn more...

February 14, 2017 - Valentine's Day
LINK - Organizations that support deployed military personnel on Valentine's Day
LINK - Coloring page for military children

February 20, 2017 - President's Day
A day originally set aside to honor George Washington. Now, other presidents are also
honored on this day. Learn more...

February 19, 2017 - Coast Guard Reserve Birthday


March

Month of the Military Caregiver
During the Month of the Military Caregiver, Americans recognize and honor military caregivers’ sacrifices and successes. Learn more...

March 3, 2017 - Navy Reserve Birthday

March 5, 2017 - Seabee Birthday

March 12, 2017 - Daylight Saving Time begins

March 13, 2017 - K 9 Veterans Day
A national effort to make March 13 K9 Veterans Day. March 13, 1942 is the officialbirthday of the United States K9 Corps, and so it seems only right to annually honortheir service on that date. They served to save, and they deserve to be remembered. Learn more...

March 17, 2017 - St. Patrick's Day

March 29, 2017 - Vietnam Veterans Day
A day set aside to show honor and respect to our Vietnam Veterans. Learn more...
For information outlining the reasons for March 29 to be used as Vietnam Veterans Day, why not to use March 30th and why to remove “Welcome Home” from the name, read this document.


April

Month of the Military Child
An opportunity to recognize military children and youth for their heroism, character,courage, sacrifices and continued resilience. Learn more...

April 5, 2017 - Gold Star Wives Day
A day set aside to recognize the sacrifices of Gold Star wives.
LINK - Organizations that support Gold Star Families

April 14, 2017 - Air Force Reserve Birthday

April 16, 2017 - Easter Sunday​
LINK - Organizations that support deployed military personnel at Easter
LINK - Coloring page for military children

April 23, 2017 - Army Reserve Birthday

April 25, 2017 - ANZAC Day (Australia and New Zealand)
A day of remembrance to honor those who served and died in military service for
their countries. Learn more...

April 30, 2017 - National Military Brats Day
PROPOSED: That Congress set aside a day each year as National Military Brats Day so Americans can say thank you to these patriots, young and grown, for their dedication and sacrifice in the service of their country. Learn more...


May

National Military Appreciation Month
A month which recognize and show appreciation to the Armed Forces of the UnitedStates of America. Learn more...

May 1, 2017 - Loyalty Day
A day set aside for American citizens to reaffirm their loyalty to the United States
and to recognize the heritage of American freedom.  Learn more...

May 1, 2017 - Silver Star Service Banner Day
A day set aside to honor our wounded, ill and dying military personnel by
participating in flying a Silver Star Banner.  Learn more...

May 4, 2017 - National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of
May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. Learn more...
How can you pray for the military community? Learn more...

May 8, 2017 - VE (Victory in Europe) Day
(Celebrated May 7 in commonwealth countries)
A day which marks the anniversary of the Allies' victory in Europe during World War II
on May 8, 1945. Learn more...

May 12, 2017 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day
A day set aside to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of the spouses of
the U.S. Armed Forces. Learn more...
​LINK - Practical insights in caring for a military home front family

May 13, 2017 - Children of Fallen Patriots Day
A day to honor the families our Fallen Heroes have left behind – especially their children. It’s a reminder to the community that we have an obligation to support the families of our Fallen Patriots. Learn more...

May 14, 2017 - Mother's Day
LINK - Organizations that support deployed military personnel on Mother's Day
LINK - Coloring page for military children

May 20, 2017 - Armed Forces Day
A day set aside to pay tribute to men and women who serve in the United States’
Armed Forces. Learn more...

May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day (Decoration Day)
A day set aside to commemorate all who have died in military service for the UnitedStates. Typically recognized by parades, visiting memorials and cemeteries. Learn more...
LINK - Coloring page for military children


June

June - Graduation

June 6, 2017 - Anniversary of the World War II Allied invasion in Normandy, France, know as D-Day
Learn more...

June 14, 2017 - Flag Day
A day to commemorate the adoption of the United States flag. Learn more...

June 14, 2017 - Army Birthday

June 18, 2017 - Father's Day
LINK Organizations that support deployed military personnel on Father's Day
LINK - Coloring page for military children

June 23, 2017 - Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

June 27, 2017 - National PTSD Awareness Day
A day set aside to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD.
LINK - PTSD resources
LINK - Insights in caring for families coping with PTSD


July

July 4, 2017 - Independence Day
LINK Organizations that support deployed military personnel on Independence Day
LINK - Coloring page for military children

July 29, 2017 - Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Corps
LINK Organizations that assist the military chaplain in their ministry


August

August 4, 2017 - Coast Guard Birthday

August 7, 2017 - Purple Heart Day
National Purple Heart Day honors the men and women who have been wounded or killed
in military service.

August 8, 2017 - VJ (Victory over Japan) Day

August 29, 2017 - Marine Forces Reserve Birthday


September

September - Back to School
LINK - Coloring page for military children

September 4, 2017 - Labor Day

September 11, 2017 - Patriot Day
Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were
injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.
Learn more...
LINK - I will 9/11 Tribute Movement

September 15, 2017 - POW/MIA Recognition Day
A time set aside to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those
who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families. Learn more...

September 18, 2017 - Air Force Birthday

September 24, 2017 - Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day
A day set aside to honor the families of our nation's fallen service members. Learn more...
LINK - Organizations that support Gold Star Families


October

October 8, 2017 - Ms. Veteran America Pageant
Learn more...

October 9, 2017 - Columbus Day
A day set aside to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. Learn more...

October 13, 2017 - Navy Birthday

October 26, 2017 - National Day of the Deployed
A day set aside to honor all of the brave men and woman who have been deployed and are sacrificing, or have sacrificed, their lives to fight for our country and acknowledges their families that they are separated from. Learn more...

October 31, 2017 - Halloween
LINK Organizations that send Halloween candy to deployed military personnel
LINK - Coloring page for military children


November

USPS deadlines for military Christmas holiday mail
http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2015/pr15_055.htm

Military Family Month
A month to honor and celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of the families of
the U.S. Armed Forces. Learn more...

November 5, 2017 - Daylight Saving Time ends

November 10, 2017 - Marine Corps Birthday

November 11, 2017 - Armistice Day (France)
A day set aside to remember those who died or were injured in World War I and otherwars. Learn more...

November 11, 2017 - Remembrance Day (Britain)
A day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the twoWorld Wars and other conflicts. Learn more...

November 11, 2017 - Remembrance Day (Canada)
A day set aside to commemorates the sacrifices of people in all armed conflicts.
Learn more...

November 11, 2017 - Veterans Day
The anniversary date of the signing of the armistice which ended the World War I.
Also a day set aside to thank military veterans for their service. Learn more...
LINK A listing of classroom resources, parade listings, and more.
LINK - Coloring page for military children
LINK - Veterans Day promotions, freebies and initiatives

November 23, 2017 - Thanksgiving Day
LINK - Organizations that help deployed military personnel celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
LINK - Coloring page for military children


December

December 1, 2017 - Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) Birthday

December 7, 2017 - Pearl Harbor Day
Called "A day which will live in infamy" by Franklin D. Roosevelt - On December 7,
1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Learn more...

December 13, 2017 - National Guard Birthday

December 16, 2017 - National Wreaths Across America
An annual laying of wreaths at veterans cemeteries across the nation.
LINK - Wreaths Across America

December 24, 2017 - Christmas Eve

December 25, 2017 - Christmas Day
LINK - Organizations that support deployed military personnel at Christmas
LINK Organizations that support military families at Christmas
LINK - Coloring page for military children

December 28, 2017 - Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Assistant

December 31, 2017 - New Year's Eve


Other

Alive Day
Commemorates the day a veteran suffered near-fatal battlefield injuries yet managed to
survive. Learn more...

Birthday
LINK - Organizations that support deployed military personnel on their birthday
LINK - Coloring page for military children

Red Shirt Friday (RED - Remembering Everyone Deployed)
Wear a red shirt on Friday to show support of our service men and women.
Learn more...

Wedding anniversary
LINK - Organizations that support deployed military personnel for their wedding
anniversary
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