National Day of the Deployed
All citizens of this country should appreciate those servicemen and women that have deployed to a theater of operations in defense of freedom. All veterans have served. Those that have deployed have had to take that extra step and put their lives on the line. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13. All gave some, some gave all.
NATIONAL DAY OF DEPLOYED HISTORY
Shelle Michaels Aberle founded National Day of the Deployed in 2006. Ms. Aberle approached then North Dakota Governor John Hoeven for support of a North Dakota Proclamation for the day. Governor Hoeven was the first governor in the United States to recognize deployed troops in a formal proclamation.
Aberle’s cousin, Bottineau, ND native LTC David Hosna, chose October 26th to recognize troops. Hosna, who was deployed to Iraq from Kaiserslautern, Germany, was born on October 26th.
- Grand Forks, North Dakota hosted the first event. The first units honored by this proclamation were: NDARNG 1-188th ADA SECFOR and JLENS deployed to Afghanistan.
- In 2011, Senator John Hoeven led the efforts and co-sponsored S.RES.295 for a national day of honor. On October 18, 2011, the resolution passed unanimously for the first national day honoring deployed troops and their families.
- As of 2012 all 50 states observed National Day of the Deployed.
HOW TO OBSERVE #DayOfTheDeployed
Many deployed troops leave their families behind to serve their country. They make the greatest sacrifices to keep their country secure. A few ways to recognize their services include:
- Donate to a military organization like the USO. They support troops in the U.S. and overseas. The USO also provides support to the families before, during and after service.
- Send care packages. Visit Support Out Troops to find out what and where to send care packages worldwide.
- Locally, attend ceremonies honoring the military.
- Volunteer your time and services to local military organizations.
- If you know a military family, ask what support they need. Needs vary by family. Some just need to hear from home.
- Offer to support military personnel who have no family. They deploy with no one back home to send care packages or other support.
Use #DayOfTheDeployed to post on social media.