Important Military Holidays and Observances in 2020

The beginning of the New Year is a good time to look ahead at important military holiday dates in the upcoming months given many dates/observances set aside specifically to recognize military members and their families throughout the year. Significant dates include:
Feb. 3, 2020 – Four Chaplains Day – … remember the four U.S. Army chaplains who made the ultimate sacrifice when the USAT Dorchester sank during World War II.
Feb. 19, 2020 – Coast Guard Reserve Birthday
March 3, 2020 – Navy Reserve Birthday
March 13, 2020 K-9 Veterans Day – Official birthday – United States K9 Corps – honor their service.
March 25, 2020 Medal of Honor Day – Honor the heroism/sacrifice of Medal of Honor recipients
March 29, 2020 – Vietnam Veterans Day – National holiday to recognize and honor Veterans who served in the military during the Vietnam War.
April 5, 2020 – Gold Star Spouses Day – Dedicated to those whose spouses gave their lives while serving in the U.S. military or as a result of service-connected injuries or illness.
April 14, 2020 – Air Force Reserve Birthday
April 23, 2020 – Army Reserve Birthday
May 1, 2020 – Silver Star Banner Day – Per Congressional resolution, it is an “Official Day to honor wounded, ill, and injured Veterans”.
May 8, 2020 – Military Spouse Appreciation Day – recognizes service/sacrifices of military spouses.
May 13, 2020 – Children of Fallen Patriots Day – A day to honor the children left behind by the brave men/women who gave their lives while defending our freedom.
May 16, 2020 – Armed Forces Day – Observed on the third Saturday every May, this is a day dedicated to paying tribute to men and women currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
May 25, 2020 – Memorial Day – A solemn occasion to honor the men/women who died while serving in the military.
June 6, 2020 – Anniversary of the World War II Allied invasion in Normandy, France, now known as D-Day.
June 14, 2020 – Flag Day – A day to celebrate the adoption of the U.S. flag.
June 14, 2020 – Army Birthday
June 23, 2019 – Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday
June 27, 2020 – National PTSD Awareness Day – bring awareness about issues related to PTSD.
July 4, 2020 – Independence Day
July 27, 2020 – Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
Aug. 4, 2020 – Coast Guard Birthday
Aug. 7, 2020 – Purple Heart Day – A time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men/women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Aug. 29, 2020 – Marine Forces Reserve Birthday
Sept. 11, 2020 – Patriot Day – An annual observance to remember and honor those who were injured or killed during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Sept. 18, 2020 – Air Force Birthday
Sept. 27, 2020 – Gold Star Mother’s/Family’s Day – to honor the families of fallen Servicemembers.
Oct. 13, 2020 – Navy Birthday
Oct. 26, 2020 – National Day of the Deployed
Nov. 10, 2020 – Marine Corps Birthday
Nov. 11, 2020 – Veterans Day – This is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice treaty, which ended World War I and is also a day to thank military Veterans for their service.
Dec. 7, 2020 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Anniversary of the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, signaling the United States’ entrance into World War II.
Dec. 13, 2020 – National Guard Birthday
Dec. 19, 2020 – National Wreaths Across America Day
Significant Military Months
March – Month of the Military Caregiver
April – Month of the Military Child
May – National Military Appreciation Month
November – Military Family Month, Warrior Care Month
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