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Posted on: October 30, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Other Military Observances in November

An image of the red, white and blue U.S. flag  waving in the breeze

In addition to Veterans Day, November is a month for other military observances and recognitions:

Military Family Month

Military Family Month was established in 1996 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. government recognizing the occasion every year since. Each November, the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month, and with hundreds of thousands of service members deployed overseas, recognizing the daily sacrifices made by military families has never been more important.

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Warrior Care Month

In 2008, the Defense Department created Warrior Care Programs (WCP) to help those injured or sick in the line of duty. The WCP established accountability and uniform standards of care across all branches of military service from the recovery process, going back to duty, or the transition to civilian life. Warrior Care Month was created in 2008 as an outgrowth of these efforts. This was an attempt to raise awareness of the needs and lives of wounded warriors. It is observed every November with a variety of activities and programs. There are social media town hall meetings to raise awareness and support for wounded veterans.

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Marine Corps Birthday

The Marines Corps birthday will be Sunday, Nov. 10. The Marine Corps turns 244 years old.

The Marine Corps Birthday is not a federal-style “bank holiday” observed with post office and bank closures, days off from school, and other events. Instead, it is observed as an “internal” holiday by the various branches of the military, with local government and civic organizations conducting events to celebrate the men and women who served as United States Marines. Formal dinners and “Birthday Ball Pageants” in Washington D.C. and on military installations worldwide are part of the recognition of Marine Corps Day.

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Remembrance Day

Also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day, Remembrance Day is technically meant to honor the end of World War I, which occurred at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. But Remembrance Day has long been a time to pay respect to the fallen from all wars. Traditions used to observe Remembrance Day include the wearing of poppies, and a two-minute silence at 11 a.m. the 11th of the 11th month. Although Veterans Day is observed in the U.S. on Nov. 11, Remembrance Day functions elsewhere in the world more closely related to Memorial Day in May.

Remembrance Day will on be Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.

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