HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In an effort to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate the men and women in who serve our nation in uniform, Congress passed legislation in 1999 that designates the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month. Since then, the Chamber, through our Military Affairs Council or MAC, has worked with the military, various levels of government, community organizations and business to coordinate events that convey Hawaii's appreciation for our military members and their families.
The first event, which is private and not open to the public, is the Military Appreciation Month Opening Ceremony, and will be taking place this Friday, May 6th. Governor's Office. At this ceremony, Governor Ige will be issuing a proclamation recognizing May 2016 as "Hawaii Military Appreciation Month".
The mission of the Military Affairs Council is to advocate on behalf of the military in Hawaii and educate the public about the incredible things the military is doing in our community. Friday's event is a great opportunity to showcase the wonderful volunteer work that our men and women in uniform are doing to improve Hawaii for all. 7 military members will be honored for their commitment towards dedicating countless hours of their own time to mentor our youth, improve our schools, and feed Hawaii's hungry.
The MAC will also be honoring and recognizing military spouses and students who have accepted appointments to the military academies at separate events during the remainder of the month.