May and December always seem busier months than the other ten.
December is busy with all the holiday preparation and gatherings.
May signals the beginning of summer and all those fun outdoor activities start–cookouts, swim parties, ball games, etc.
Plus, May hosts lots of end-of-school/graduation ceremonies, weddings, and Cinco de Mayo parties, if you live in Texas.
If you have a military background, you know May is also filled with lots of military-centered observances. I’ve listed six below.
May 1 – Silver Star Banner Day – Per Congressional resolution, it is an “Official Day to honor wounded, ill, and injured Veterans”.
May 7 – Military Spouse Appreciation Day – A day that recognizes the service and sacrifices of military spouses.
May 8 – V-E Day – This date commemorates the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied forces in 1945, ending World War II in Europe.
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 15 – Armed Forces Day – This day pays tribute to men and women currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
May 31 – Memorial Day A solemn occasion to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military.
I’ve accented the difference between Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. It’s an important distinction I think.
Armed Forces Day on May 15 honors active-duty service members. It’s the day to say thank you to those who willingly signed a blank check payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including their life.
Memorial Day on the last Monday of May honors those who gave their lives.
Celebrations on both days sometimes expand to include all public service servants like firemen and police officers, but the origins of the days were military-based. Let’s not forget.
This year May will be especially busy around our home. Thanks to the lessened pandemic restraints, we’ll once again have our traditional family gathering for Memorial Day along with three high school graduation celebrations.
How about your May, will you be busy?