Military Appreciation Month In Myrtle Beach

Fallen but not forgotten

May has been National Military Appreciation Month since 1999. Through this celebration our nation has been given the opportunity to publicly demonstrate appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by the wonderful past and present service members.

There is probably no better month than May to dedicate to the noble task of expressing appreciation for the Military. The month is marked by many special days selected to celebrate or commemorate specific military achievements:
  • Loyalty Day - May 1, was established in 1921 and it was set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom;
  • Victory in Europe (VE) Day  - celebrated on May 8th, 1945 to mark Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces, thus marking the end of World War II in Europe;
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day - established in 1984 and celebrated on the Friday before Mother's Day (on May 8 this year), recognizes the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members;
  • Armed Forces Day - celebrated on the third Saturday in May (May 17 this year), was created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the U.S. Department of Defense;
  • Memorial Day - observed on the last Monday of May (on May 26 this year), commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States.
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
By Moina Michael, 1915

Each year on Memorial Day, the White House Commission on Remembrance promotes one minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time to honor the military's fallen comrades and to pay tribute to the sacrifices by the nation's service members and veterans.

Proper Flag Etiquette
The Proper Flag Etiquette For Memorial Day

Our flag is a source of pride and inspiration and it deserves a certain amount of respect. On Memorial Day, the flag is flown at half-staff only until noon. The proper way to hoist a flag to half-staff is to draw it all the way to the top of the pole and then lower it to half-staff. Some people like to display flags 24 hours a day, year round.  Flag etiquette states that the flag, if displayed at night, should be properly illuminated and taken in during foul weather.

Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach

Many local restaurants and attractions are offering discounts and specials to active military, veterans and their families. Myrtle Beach hosted a half scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall dedicated to the 58,000 men and women killed or missing in that conflict. The replica was stationed at the Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium at Market Commons.

People are welcome Saturday, May 24 to attend the 5k Run/Walk on Ocean Boulevard from Plyler Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue, and including the boardwalk. The event is free for active military, reserves, and veterans; $20 fee for civilians. There will be a Family Picnic the same Saturday, complete with activities for the kids, military exhibits and live music, and the Andrew Thielen Big Band free concert.

The most important event of the day is the Myrtle Beach Memorial Day Parade with Marine and Navy veteran and former talk show host Montel Williams as Grand Marshal of the parade.

The final event of the month is the Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 26, 2014 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Plaza on Oak Street at 21st Avenue North.  For more details and a full list of events, specials, and discounts visit or call (843) 918-1014.

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