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Military Spouse Appreciation Day in the United States

The Friday before Mother's Day in the United States is observed as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. It is a day to acknowledge the significant others of military personnel who hold the fort down at home while their partners are protecting the country.

Honor military spouses for all their sacrifices and hard work on Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
Honor military spouses for all their sacrifices and hard work on Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
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The first Military Spouse Appreciation Day was observed on May 23, 1984. It was established as a one-off observance through a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan. The day was later made into an annual observance by Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger. In 1999, the U.S. Congress declared May as National Military Month to acknowledge the service of the men and women in the military.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day, which is also sometimes known as Military Spouse Day, aims to bring national attention to the role that military spouses play in maintaining the morale of the military and in supporting their significant others while they serve the country.

How to Celebrate?

  • If you know of a military spouse, do something nice for them. Thank them for all that they do.
  • Donate money or time to organizations that work with military spouses.

Did You Know…

...that the use of the word spouse to mean a partner in marriage dates back to 1200? The term comes from the Latin spondere meaning to bind oneself.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
FriMay 92014Military Spouse Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMay 82015Military Spouse Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMay 62016Military Spouse Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMay 122017Military Spouse Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMay 112018Military Spouse Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMay 102019Military Spouse Appreciation DayObservance 
FriMay 82020Military Spouse Appreciation DayObservance 

Quick Facts

Appreciate and thank all the military spouses and partners you know on Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

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Other holidays in May 2017 in the United States

Fun Holiday on May 12, 2017

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