Armed Forces Week May 12th to 20th 2012 | Veteran Owned Business Military Observance Announcement

Armed Forces Week is traditionally scheduled to coincide with Armed Forces Day and offers an opportunity for our community to express its gratitude to the military for their dedication and service to the nation.  Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May. Armed Forces Week begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May, the day after Armed Forces Day.  Because of their unique training schedules, National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in May; which is National Military Appreciation Month.  Armed forces week serves to increase public understanding of the role of the military in a democratic society as well as honor and acknowledge the people of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Various armed forces week celebrations:

Milwaukee Armed Forces Week:

Milwaukee Armed Forces Week is a joint effort of the Milwaukee Armed Services Committee, comprised of members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, as well as Milwaukee area citizens.  Events include: VIP Night, Military Displays of the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners, as well as a Civic Dinner Dance, golf outing, and finally an Annual Support the Troops Ride & Ceremony.  For more information, see the Milwaukee Armed Forces Week website.
 

Colorado Springs Chamber’s Armed Forces Week:

Colorado Springs’ celebration is one of the largest of its kind in the country and is comprised of two anchor events—a concert and luncheon. During these activities,  outstanding enlisted men and women, chosen by their respective services with the three winners selected by the Military Affair’s Council, are honored.  The Armed Forces Concert is traditionally held at the Pikes Peak Center in downtown Colorado Springs.  The Armed Forces Concert features the United States Air Force Academy Band and the Colorado Springs Chorale, presenting a rendition of inspirational patriotic music and song. In 2010 over 2000 people attended this event.  The Armed Forces Luncheon and Award Ceremony at The Broadmoor draws over 900 attendees who gather to honor our area’s top enlisted members. The guest speaker in 2010 was General George W Casey Jr, Chief of Staff of the Army.  For more information, contact Brian Binn at [email protected] (719-575-4325) or Rita Pantoya at [email protected] (719-575-4326).

Western New York Armed Forces Week:

Hosted by your United States Air Force as a tribute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.  Sponsored by the Western New York Armed Forces Week Committee in cooperation with Military, Industrial, Civic, and Veterans’ Organizations.  The 52nd Annual WNY Armed Forces Week Opening Ceremony is Sunday, May 6th 2012 at Erie Canal Harbor Adjacent to Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park Featuring Military Color Guards, American Legion Band of the Tonawandas Post 264 and more.

Aberdeen Proving Ground Armed Forces Week:

APG’s Armed Forces Week theme, “Heroes on the Home Front,” recognizes local heroes, both military and civilian.  In keeping with the theme, members of the on- and off-post community will be honored as “Hometown Heroes.”  “This gives us a chance to honor our local heroes and recognize them in a public forum,” said Capt. Malikah McCormick, commander, APG Garrison HHC and coordinator for the Armed Forces Week events. She said a hero will be honored at each Armed Forces Week event. To attend Armed Forces Day, visitors without a government ID must use the Maryland Boulevard (Route 715) gate off Route 40 to enter the installation. Visitors age 16 and older must have a photo ID and drivers must present a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration.  For more information call the APG Public Affairs Office at 410-278-1151 or 410-278-1147.
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