National Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day in May. This year it will be celebrated on Friday, May 6th, 2016.
On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we celebrate military spouses contributions to keeping our country safe. America’s military spouses are the backbone of the families who support our troops during mission, deployment, reintegration and reset. They are the silent heroes who are essential to the strength of the nation and they serve our country just like their loved ones.
In celebration of Military Spouse Appreciation Day the armed forces have special events and programs to inform, honor and recognize military spouses. Events range from spouse appreciation luncheons to educational workshops to spouse employment fairs that pay tribute to military spouses.
In 1984 President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spousal commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members with Proclamation 5184, dated April 17, 1984. Congress officially made Military Spouse Appreciation Day part of National Military Appreciation Month in 1999. Subsequently the Department of Defense standardized the date by declaring the Friday before Mother’s Day every year as Military Spouse Appreciation Day to show appreciation for the sacrifices of military spouses.