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Recognizing those who protect our freedom


We’ve all heard the old adage that April showers bring May flowers. And while flowers are always a welcome sign of spring and warmer weather, there’s so much more to May, as it’s also National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM).

NMAM honors both current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom. Throughout the month, U.S. citizens are encouraged to thank and recognize those who serve and those who have served our great nation. It’s a symbol of unity, particularly in uncertain times.

This May, with the world still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, National Military Appreciation Month is particularly relevant, as so many of our military personnel have been on the front lines of our battle with COVID-19.

Throughout the month of May, there are six national NMAM observances. While we’ll be unable to recognize these events with parades and large public gatherings this year, it’s still important that we acknowledge these important dates:

  • May 1 – Loyalty Day – A day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the U.S., a time to reflect on the proud heritage of our American freedom.
  • May 3 through May 9 – Public Service Recognition Week – A time to honor the men and women who serve as nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.
  • May 8 – Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) – The day in 1945 when the Germans throughout Europe surrendered to the Allies, marking the end of World War II.
  • May 8 – Military Spouse Appreciation Day – A day to honor military spouses and to recognize the important role military families play in keeping our Armed Forces strong and our country safe.
  • May 16 – Armed Forces Day – A time for citizens to thank our military members serving in the U.S. Military branches for their patriotic service in support of our country.
  • May 25 – Memorial Day – A federal holiday in remembrance of our veterans, which commemorates the men and women who died while in military service.

On behalf of my 11,000+ colleagues nationwide, I’d like to invite you to join us this month in thanking those who serve and those who have served our country. You can show your support of those who serve by calling a service member to thank him or her for their service, posting a public thank-you to your social media accounts, making a financial donation to a nonprofit organization that supports veterans – or anything else you can think of that highlights those who protect our freedom. I can assure you, your efforts will be appreciated. 

Ed Stober
Director – RSM Wealth Management and VALOR Employee Network Group National Lead





VALOR focuses on recruitment, community service, leadership development and business development of our military service members.