South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month.

The governor says it's a time for all to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served in the past and those now serving, as well as their families.

“The vigilance of the members of the Armed Forces has been instrumental to the preservation of freedom, security and prosperity enjoyed by the people of this great nation," said Daugaard in a press release from the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. "The success of the Armed Forces depends on the dedicated service of its members and their families.”

National Military Appreciation Month includes:  Loyalty Day on May 1, Victory in Europe Day on May 8, Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 12, Armed Forces Day on May 20 and Memorial Day on May 29.

Adjutant General Timothy Reisch, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of the Military says it's certainly fitting to dedicate an entire month to the members of our armed forces

“We also honor in a special way, the many contributions and tremendous support of our military family members without whom our service would be impossible," said Reisch.

Larry Zimmerman is Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs.

“These men and women step forward every day to train, fight and defend our freedoms,” added Zimmerman.

So if you know someone currently serving in the military - or HAS served in the military - make sure you shake their hand and thank them for their service.

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