From hurricanes to highways, 7 occasions to mark in May

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Hurricane exercise Makani Pahili will use a simulated hurricane path through the Hawaiian Islands. (Courtesy Image)

Hurricane exercise Makani Pahili will use a simulated hurricane path through the Hawaiian Islands. (Courtesy Image)

Damien Salas
Army News Service

May marks many occasions, including Mother’s Day, May 10; Armed Forces Day, May 16; and the start of Makani Pahili, Hawaii’s hurricane preparedness exercise, May 26.

As well, the following events mark the month of May.

1 – Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 “to encourage the nation to publicly demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members,” according to the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program.

The declaration summoned U.S. citizens to observe the month “in a symbol of unity, to honor the current and former members of the armed forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.”

2 – May 5-10 is Public Service Recognition Week, organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable to honor those who serve as employees of federal, state, county and local government organizations, according to the PRSW website.

Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, the observance is meant to connect Americans to public servants and government employees, including U.S. service members, to “showcase their accomplishments and recognize the significant challenges they take on each and every day,” according to PRSW.

3 – May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and the Department of Defense traditionally recognizes this observance with special ceremonies to highlight the achievements and successes of Asian-Pacific Americans.

4 – Since 1984, May 8 is celebrated as National Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

5 – Each Memorial Day, employees and volunteers at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, and the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery place thousands American flags in honor of America’s fallen. Additionally, senior government officials participate in wreath-laying ceremonies at the cemeteries on Memorial Day.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m., May 25, at the Post Cemetery on Lyman Road.

6 – May is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and the Department of Defense will continue to recognize this special observance through a variety of safety events, including motorcycle safety checks and rides throughout installations.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Farnsworth, directory of Army safety and commanding general for the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, said the annual observance is used to ward off complacency among service members who ride motorcycles, according to an April 23 Army News Service article.

7 – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced April 20 the selection of 30 finalists for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers for support of National Guard and reserve employees.

A board comprising senior department and other officials, as well as representatives from prior recipient organizations, will select the Freedom Award recipients, which will be honored at the 20th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony at the Pentagon later this summer.

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