November is when Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday that remembers the first meal shared between colonists and Wampanoag Indians during the autumn harvest feast. In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed November to be the month Thanksgiving would be nationally recognized. Up to that point, colonies and states celebrated Thanksgiving on different dates.
November is also a special month for our military and their families. National Military Family Month was established in 1996 and is celebrated throughout the month. It highlights and focuses on the sacrifices made by the families of our military, particularly those families with a service member stationed overseas, away from home. You can help celebrate by “adopting” a military family by sending a care package to the family, hosting a local military family for Thanksgiving dinner, or offering to help the family during a deployment by running errands, babysitting, cutting a lawn. Anything you do for a military family is indeed a wonderful idea, especially for junior enlisted families, who may be far from home for the first time.