In November, we pause to honor active duty service members and their family members. Every year the president makes a proclamation:
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2015 as Military Family Month. I encourage all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in support of our service members and our Nation.”
You can read the full proclamation here.
The U.S. draft ended in 1973, and males 18 years old and older no longer were required to serve in the military. However, that didn’t end the strength of our force.
McConnell Air Force Base has the most obvious military presence in Wichita. The base has been here since the mid-1920s and continues to be a positive
Another strong military presence is the Robert J. Dole Medical Center off East Kellogg.
You can honor our military in many ways.
First, fly a U.S. flag. Find out how to display it properly and do so proudly.
Second, treat a service member to lunch or coffee. If you see someone in uniform in the drive-through line behind you at your favorite fast food restaurant, leave money for their order and ask the cashier to pass along your gratitude for their service.
Thank them in person.