May is National Military Appreciation Month. Please join me in honoring current and former members of the United States Armed Forces, especially those who died while defending our freedom.
Tonight, the Blue Star Neighbors Celebration recognized military supporters from across the country and celebrated the 10th anniversary of Blue Star Families at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C.
The Blue Star Neighbors Celebration is an annual celebration of the spirit of America – the kindness of military supporters across the country and their impact on the military family community.
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, was awarded the Constance J. Milstein Philanthropic Award. Craig recently provided a gift of $1,000,000 to help fund the Craig Newmark Greater New York Chapter of Blue Star Families. He also contributes as a member of the Blue Star Families Board of Directors.
Recognition was also given to The Walt Disney Company with the Corporate Neighbor Award. Susan Masser was awarded the 2019 Blue Star Neighbor Award.
Several military leaders were in attendance including Secretary of the Army Mark Esper who participated in the award presentations.
Several of America’s military heroes were honored at the 26th Annual White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Jean Case presented the WHC Garden Brunch “Be Fearless” Award in recognition of a veteran’s fearless leadership to Lt. General Gwendolyn Bingham who has broken barriers and served the country with distinction throughout her more than 30 years in the U.S. Army.
Jay Leno also presented a Purple Heart recipient, U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Angela Morales-Biggs of Manassas, Virginia, with the WHC Garden Brunch “Champions of Freedom” Award and the keys to a brand new, payment-free Nissan Pathfinder. The presentation was sponsored by Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation.
Blue Star Families, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, also brought several military members and their spouses as guests to the Garden Brunch. The Blue Star Neighbors Celebration on May 14 in Washington, D.C. will celebrate the spirit of America – the kindness of military supporters across the country and their impact on the military family community.
Compass Coffee and Dog Tag Bakery also provided support and food for the event.
Watch video highlights from the 26th Annual White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch.
Military kids are amazing and can accomplish extraordinary things based on the lessons they learn through their unique experiences! But they also sometimes face challenges that come from being part of a military family.
militarykidsconnect.dcoe.mil is a great resource to share with military families during this #MonthoftheMilitaryChild.