Governor signs proclamation honoring Military and Military Spouses

Maj. Gen. Perry Smith (left), adjutant general of Alabama, and Retired Rear Adm. W. Clyde Marsh, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, joins Gov. Bentley for the proclamation signing. Photo By: Jamie Martin, Governor's Office

To honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses, Gov. Robert Bentley signed a Military Appreciation Month and Military Spouse Appreciation Day proclamation at the State Capitol on Wednesday.{}{}{}{}{} "Our military spouses are a vital part of our national defense, so it is important for our state to honor them for their service and sacrifice," said Gov. Bentley. {}{}{}{}{} Traditionally, May is a month set aside to honor America's military service members, veterans and their families.{} Observances include: Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Victory in Europe Day, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day. {}{}{}{}{} A Congressional Resolution, passed in 2004, states that the House and Senate will "support the goals and objectives of a National Military Appreciation Month," and urges the President to issue a proclamation calling on Americans to annually observe the month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.{}{}{}{} On Friday, Alabama will commemorate the occasion with a "Supermarket of Veterans Benefits" hosted by the city of Opelika from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Event Center Downtown. {}{}{}{}{} The "Supermarket", sponsored by the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, and co-sponsored by the City of Opelika, Alabama National Guard, Auburn University Center of Governmental Services, Auburn University Warriors Research Center and the National Leadership Congress, is open to all military members, veterans and their families. {}{}{}{} The event will include a special program beginning at 11:30 a.m. that will recognize May 10th as "Military Spouse Appreciation Day." {}{}{}{}{} Nashville artist and Army veteran, Tim Maggart, of Phenix City will perform a free "Military Appreciation Spouse Day" concert at 2:30 p.m. Leading up to Mother's Day on Sunday, Maggart said the concert is his way of honoring military mothers and wives who are outstanding role models for their family, community and country.{}{} {}{}{}{}{}{} Maggart's current cd, "Things I Never Said," was voted Country Album of the Year by the North American Country Music Association.