May officially named National Military Appreciation Month in Alabama

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“We wanted to heighten public awareness of veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made, and are continuing to make, for our way of life,” said Walter Turner, Commander of VFW Post 6022, Cottondale, Ala.

To meet this goal, Post 6022 pushed for National Military Appreciation Month, which would make May a special time to honor all veterans and active duty service members, as well as their families.

To involve the community, Post 6022 took the cause to local television and radio shows. To make it official, Turner called upon the mayors of Northport and Tuscaloosa, Ala.

On May 3, 2010, Mayor Bobby Herndon of Northport and Mayor Walter Maddox of Tuscaloosa signed a proclamation naming the month of May National Military Appreciation Month.

Now in its second year, Turner hopes that more Posts will get involved in honoring this patriotic month.

“We want the whole community to get involved, whether it’s by flying a flag, displaying ribbons or planning an event,” said Turner.

Within this month of appreciation and remembrance are several corresponding holidays, including Loyalty Day, VE Day, National Day of Prayer, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Armed Forces Day and, of course, Memorial Day.

Turner is proud to see the product of Post 6022’s hard work, and advises other Posts to take a stand and make the month of May National Military Appreciation Month in their own community.

“Get the local city and county governments involved,” said Turner. “It’s hard work, but bringing veterans and their families to the forefront of the community makes it well worth it!”



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