Established in 1993 by the Armed Services YMCA, Military Family Appreciation Month recognizes the sacrifices that families make to support their Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen. Each year in November, the President signs a proclamation marking the beginning of a month-long celebration of the Military Family in which the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of our nation's service members.
For the past 25 years, the Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads has taken this recognition further by hosting the Five Star Military Family Recognition Luncheon. This annual event recognizes active duty, enlisted service members and junior officers along with their families who best represent service to their country and commitment to their local community through a spirit of volunteerism. Families are nominated by their Commands, family, friends and peers. Want to learn more about what makes a Five Star Military Family? We'd like to introduce you to our 2020 Five Star Families.
We have received nominations for active duty military families from all branches of service who embody community commitment through dedicated volunteerism and now it is time to honor them. Here in Hampton Roads, we have the highest concentration of military personnel outside of the Pentagon. We see all the ways our military members are supporting this community; behind the scenes, before the sun rises, after everyone else has cleared out for the day and even when they are exhausted after their full-time job serving our country. They show up when asked and stay until the job is finished. The Five Star Military Family Recognition Event is our opportunity to express the gratitude of our community even if we are unable to do so in person.
We look forward to this years event and hope you join us to honor these amazing service members and their families.
Are you, or do you know a Five Star Family? Enter a nomination below for the 2021 recognition event and take a look a this years honorees.
Although this year's event looked different and was held virtually on December 17, 2020, the mission remained the same. One family from each branch of the military was notably recognized for their commitment to serving our community.