Military Events

Follow this page to keep track of important military dates and events that are covered by throughout the year.

January 2020

Surface Navy SNA Symposium: The Surface Navy Association's annual symposium brings together members of the military, business and academic communities to discuss issues and challenges pertaining to naval surface warfare. For coverage on the conference, visit's Surface Navy SNA Symposium page

Shot Show: The Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, better known as SHOT Show, takes place annually in January.

February 2020

Black History Month Read features and tributes to the service of African-Americans to the U.S. military on's Black History Month section.

February 19: Coast Guard Reserve Birthday. 

March 2020

Month of the Military Caregiver During the Month of the Military Caregiver, Americans recognize and honor military caregivers’ sacrifices and successes.

Women's History Month

March 3: Navy Reserve Birthday

March 5: Navy Seabee Birthday

March 13: K9 Veterans Day; March 13, 1942 is the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps.

March 25: National Medal of Honor Day.

March 29: Vietnam Veterans Day This day is set aside to show honor and respect to Vietnam veterans. For veteran stories and historical articles from the Vietnam War.

April 2020

Month of the Military Child April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize the strengths and sacrifices of our military children..

PCS Season Begins For PCS guides and tips.

April 5: Gold Star Wives Day Gold Star Wives Day is in tribute to Gold Star Wives, the widows/widowers whose spouses died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, or as result of service-connected disabilities.

April 6-8: Sea-Air-Space Conference The Navy League's annual Sea-Air-Space Expo beings the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies and key military decision makers together for an educational, professional and maritime-based event.

April 14: Air Force Reserve Birthday

April 23: Army Reserve Birthday

May 2020

National Military Appreciation Month National Military Appreciation Month is an opportunity to publicly demonstrate appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members, past and present. For more information, visit the National Military Appreciation Month page.

May 1: Silver Star Service Banner Day  A day set aside to honor our wounded, ill and dying military personnel by participating in flying a Silver Star Banner.

May 8: VE (Victory in Europe) Day (Celebrated May 7 in commonwealth countries)  May 8 marks the anniversary of the Allies' victory in Europe during World War II on May 8, 1945. For more World War II historical content, visit the History section.

May 8: Military Spouse Appreciation Day  A day set aside to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of the spouses of the U.S. Armed Forces.

May 13: Children of Fallen Patriots Day  A day to honor the families our Fallen Heroes have left behind – especially their children. It’s a reminder to the community that we have an obligation to support the families of our Fallen Patriots.

May 16: Armed Forces Day  A day set aside to pay tribute to men and women who serve in the United States’ Armed Forces.

May 25: Memorial Day (Decoration Day) For more on Memorial Day events and history.

June 2020

June 14: Flag Day  A day to commemorate the adoption of the United States flag.

June 14: Army Birthday Since its formation during the Revolutionary War, the U.S. Army has defended our nation for over 200 years.

June 23: Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

June 27: National PTSD Awareness Day   day set aside to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD.

July 2020

July 4: Independence Day On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event. For more details, visit the July 4 page.

July 20-26: Farnborough International Airshow The Farnborough Air Show spotlights aviation advances and aircraft from around the world, with a strong U.S. military presence.

July 27: National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. Remember the sacrifice of the over 50,000 Americans who died and the over 100,000 wounded in the Korean War. 

July 29: Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Corps

August 2020

August 4: Coast Guard Birthday: The Coast Guard traces its founding to Aug. 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. For more Coast Guard birthday and historical articles, visit the Coast Guard birthday page.

August 7: Purple Heart Day:  National Purple Heart Day honors the men and women who have been wounded or killed in military service.

August 8: VJ (Victory over Japan) Day: August 8 marks the day in 1945 when Japan surrendered in World War II.

August 10: Department of Defense Birthday.

August 29: Marine Corps Reserve Birthday

September 2019

September: Suicide Prevention Month. Learn more about suicide prevention on

September 2: V-J Day. Commemorates the Allied victory over Japan in World War II.

September 11: Patriot Day. Commemorates the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Honor Sept. 11 with

September 14-15 Air Force Association Air Space Cyber Conference.

September 15: POW/MIA Recognition Day. Remembers and honors service members who were Prisoners of War (POW) or are Missing in Action (MIA). 

September 17-19: Modern Day Marine. Modern Day Marine conference show page.

September 18: Air Force Birthday.

September 30: Gold Star Mothers Day. Each year the members of American Gold Star Mothers gathers in Washington, D.C. to honor Gold Star Mother's Day.

October 2019

October 13: Ms. Veteran America Pageant

October 13: Navy Birthday

October 14-16: AUSA Conference Held every October, the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition is the largest land power exposition and professional development forum in North America, with a focus on Army policies and equipment.

October 26: National Day of the Deployed  A day set aside to honor all of the men and woman who have been deployed and are sacrificing, or have sacrificed, their lives to fight for our country and acknowledges their families that they are separated from.

November 2019

USPS deadlines for military Christmas holiday mail: 

Military Family Appreciation Month  November is a month to honor and celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of the families of the U.S. Armed Forces.

November 10: Marine Corps Birthday For features on the Marine Corps' birthday and history.

November 11: Veterans Day Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served.

December 2019

December 1: Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) Birthday

December 7: Pearl Harbor Day December 7 marks the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the incident that precipitated the U.S.'s entry into World War II.

December 13: National Guard Birthday The military organization we know today as the National Guard came into existence with a direct declaration on December 13, 1636.

December 14: National Wreaths Across America  An annual laying of wreaths at veterans cemeteries across the nation.

December 28: Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Assistant