Important Military Dates
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
Feb. 3 - Four Chaplains Day – A day to remember the four U.S. Army chaplains who made the ultimate sacrifice when the USAT Dorchester sank during World War II.
Feb. 19 – Coast Guard Reserve Birthday - ( August 4, 1790 ) - The Coast Guard's official history began on 4 August 1790 when President George Washington signed the Tariff Act that authorized the construction of ten vessels, referred to as " cutters," to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling.
March 3 – Navy Reserve Birthday
March 13 - K-9 Veterans Day – The date is the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps and a day to honor their service.
March 25 - Medal of Honor Day – A holiday to honor the heroism and sacrifice of Medal of Honor recipients for the United States.
March 29 – Vietnam Veterans Day – A national holiday to recognize and honor Veterans who served in the military during the Vietnam War. Learn more about Vietnam Veterans Day here.
April 5 – Gold Star Spouses Day – A 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 – Air Force Reserve Birthday
April 23 – Army Reserve Birthday
May 1 – Silver Star Banner Day – Per Congressional resolution, it is an “Official Day to honor wounded, ill, and injured Veterans”.
May 10 – Military Spouse Appreciation Day – This date recognizes the service and sacrifices of military spouses.
May 13 – Children of Fallen Patriots Day – A day to honor the children left behind by the brave men and women who gave their lives while defending our freedom.
May – 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 – Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday every May, is a solemn occasion to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military. Learn more about Memorial Day here.
June 6 – Anniversary of the World War II Allied invasion in Normandy, France, now known as D-Day.
June 14 – Flag Day – A day to celebrate the adoption of the U.S. flag.
June 14 – Army Birthday - The U.S. Army was founded on 14 June 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies," for one year.
June 23 – Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday
June 27 – National PTSD Awareness Day – A day to bring awareness about issues related to PTSD. Find resources for PTSD here.
July 4 – Independence Day
July 27 – Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
Aug. 4 – Coast Guard Birthday
Aug. 7 – Purple Heart Day – A time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice. Learn more about the Purple Heart.
Aug. 29 – Marine Forces Reserve Birthday
Sept. 11 – Patriot Day – An annual observance to remember and honor those who were injured or killed during the terrorist attacks.
Sept. 18 – Air Force Birthday - Known as the most recent branch of the U.S. military to be formed, the Air Force is also the largest and most technologically advanced air force in the world. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on 18 September 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947
Sept. 29 – Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day – A day to honor the families of fallen Service members
Oct. 13 – Navy Birthday - The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on 13 October 1775. Since 1972 each CNO has encouraged a Navy-wide celebration of this occasion "to enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service."
Oct. 26 – National Day of the Deployed
Nov. 10 – Marine Corps Birthday - The Marine Corps was founded to serve as an infantry unit aboard naval vessels and was responsible for the security of the ship and its crew by conducting offensive and defensive combat during boarding actions and defending the ship's officers from mutiny
Nov. 11 – 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 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – The anniversary of the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, signaling the United States’ entrance into World War II. Learn more about Pearl Harbor Day.
Dec. 13 – National Guard Birthday - The National Guard of the United States is a joint activity of the United States Department of Defense composed of reserve components of the United States Army and the United States Air Force: the Army National Guard of the United States for the Army and the Air National Guard of the United States for the Air Force. It is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Dec. – National Wreaths Across America Day - Alway a Saturday in mid-December.