National Day Of The Deployed:
National Day of the Deployed is celebrated on October 26th every year. Annually, this day celebrates and honors the soldiers who are deployed around the globe.
|2023||26th October||Thursday||United States|
|2024||26th October||Saturday||United States|
|2025||26th October||Sunday||United States|
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Why National Day Of The Deployed?
Deployment is as tough on families of soldiers as it is on soldiers themselves. It is very necessary to recognize the courage of our soldiers and the sacrifices they make. Each deployed soldier leaves behind a family-their spouse, children, parents, everyone. Even their families make sacrifices every day that they are not with their loved ones. Just for the country’s safety and security, the soldiers and their families sacrifice so much every day; sometimes, they even sacrifice their lives. So, to celebrate their bravery, courage, and all their sacrifices, a day is dedicated just to them and their families, which is celebrated as National Day of the Deployed. This day also acknowledges the sacrifices the military families have to make during deployment.
How Can We Observe National Day Of The Deployed:
All deployed troops have to make a great sacrifice in leaving their families behind to serve their country, their motherland. They give up everything to make sure their country is secure. So, there should we some recognition to their services. To observe #DayOfTheDeployed, here a few ways to recognize their services:-
- Donation to a military organization, like the USO, can always be a great way to honor the military. These kinds of organizations support troops in the U.S. and overseas too. The USO and other organizations like this also provide support to the military families before, during, and after service.
- Sending care packages is also a great way to support the military. Care packages can contain any amount of things, from drink mixes like hot cocoa and iced tea to daily essentials like shaving cream, body wash, shampoo, and so on. Anything that shows that you really care about them and honor their sacrifices. You can visit online sites to get more information about what and where to send care packages worldwide.
- Locally, you can show your respect by attending ceremonies that honor the military.
- Volunteering can be a good way to actually support the military. Take out some time from your schedule to volunteer and serve local military organizations.
- Military families are not uncommon. In fact, every person out there probably knows at least one military family personally or through friends. So, if you know a military family, ask them what support they need. Needs vary from family to family. Some might just need to hear from home and know that they are in your thoughts.
- Some military personnel might have no family. Offer your support to that military personnel with no family. They deploy with no one back home to send care packages or any other kind of support.
Use #DayOfTheDeployed to post on social media to support deployed troops and their families.
Interesting Facts On National Day Of The Deployed:
Let us take a look at some interesting facts about the National Day of the Deployed, deployed soldiers and their families:-
- Most military spouses are women around the age of thirty-five.
- Over 2 million U.S. kids have experienced the deployment of a parent since 2001.
- The hardest times for the families of deployed soldiers are the weekends.
- Military spouses have to fulfill the duties of both parents.
- Military families relocate on average every 2 or 3 years.
- Service members mostly have young marriages and have children at a younger age than civilians.
- More than nine million children have experienced the deployment of one or both parents more than one time.
History Of National Day Of The Deployed:
The National Day of The Deployed was founded in 2006 by Shelle Michaels Aberle. Ms. Aberle approached John Hoeven, who was the governor of North Dakota back then, for support of a North Dakota Proclamation for the day. Governor John Hoeven formally recognized the deployed troops. He was the first Governor of the US to do so.
Shelle Michaels Aberle’s cousin, David Hosna, was a deployed Major in the US Army. This was the first Day of the Deployed. Aberle chose this day because it was his cousin, Hosna’s birthday. He retired as a Colonel later.
In 2011, Senator John Hoeven co-sponsored S.RES.295 for a national day of honor. The resolution for the first national day honoring the deployed troops and their families was passed unanimously on October 18, 2011.
By the time it was 2012, all of the US’s fifty states had recognized and celebrated this day.