• In the Spotlight: National Military Appreciation Month

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    In the Spotlight: National Military Appreciation Month

    May 2016 is National Military Appreciation Month and includes Loyalty Day (May 1,) Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 6,) VE Day (May 8,) Armed Forces Day (May 21) and Memorial Day (May 30). It's only fitting that we dedicate this month’s Veteran in the Spotlight to all members of the military community.

    This very important month honors, remembers, recognizes and appreciates all military personnel; those men and women who have served throughout our history and all who now serve in uniform and their families as well as those Americans who have given their lives in defense of our freedoms we all enjoy today. It recognizes those on active duty in all branches of the services, the National Guard and Reserves plus retirees, veterans and their families - well over 90 million Americans and more than 230 years of our nation's history.

    The month concludes with Memorial Day - originally called Decoration Day - as a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Veterans Committee cordially invites you to a Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony to remember our nation's fallen service members and celebrate veterans in the Greater Springfield area. This event is outdoors & open to the public. Everyone is welcome.
    Friday, May 27, 2016
    11:00 a.m. to noon
    (ceremony at 11:30 a.m.)
    American Legion Post 176
    6520 Amherst Avenue
    Springfield, VA 22150

    The Warrior Café at the American Legion Post 176 will be open for lunch following the ceremony.

    Finally, the National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute. The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather, it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died in service to the United States.

    On behalf of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and our veterans committee, I want to thank all those in the military community for their service – past, present and future.

    Charles McCaffrey is the volunteer chair of the Chamber's veterans committee. Following 12 years of military experience as a Naval officer Charles joined Community Business Partnership where he serves as director of the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC.) He invites you to connect with him about services to veterans offered by the Chamber and VBOC, charles@cbponline.org.
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