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National Guard Birth Date History via Official National Guard Website We recognize December 13th as the birthday of the National Guard. On this date in 1636, the first militia regiments in North America were organized in Massachusetts. Based upon an order of the Massachusetts Bay Colony's General Court, the colony's militia was organized into three permanent regiments to better defend the colony. Today, the descendants of these first regiments - the 181st Infantry , the 182nd Infantry , the 101st Field Artillery , and the 101st Engineer Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard – sha... read more

The holidays are often times spent with loved ones. However, for military members deployed the holidays are often a tough reminder of how much loved ones are missed at home. Experiencing deployment during the holidays can often be very lonely. There is no better way to show your support and appreciation for military members deployed than to send a holiday card, gift package, or holiday treats. It means the world to deployed servicemembers and helps them get through a difficult time of deployment. Looking for somewhere to donate a gift package or holiday card for a military member deployed? Be... read more

Military Family Month was established in 1993 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government formally recognizing the occasion every year since. In 2009 proclamation, President Barack Obama called on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of our service members and our Nation during Military Family Month. Each November, the Armed Services YMCA celebrates Military Family Month to demonstrate the nations support and commitment to the families of military personnel. With so many service m... read more

NATIONAL DAY OF THE DEPLOYED October 26 is annually designated asNational Day of the Deployed. National Day of the Deployed honors all of the brave men and woman who have been deployed, are sacrificing, or have sacrificed their lives to defend our country. The day also acknowledges their families who are separated from them during deployment and the sacrifices they make in order for theirfamily members to serve our country. HOW TO OBSERVE Use#DayOfTheDeployed to post on social media. HISTORY Shelle Michaels Aberle founded National Day of the Deployed in 2006. Ms. Aberle approached then North ... read more

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR HOLIDAY MEALS FOR MILITARY 2020! The added expense of the holiday season can be challenging for military families. Operation Homefront recognizes that many military families are separated during this time due to deployments and others travel long distances to be together. Holiday Meals for Military is Operation Homefront’s way of saying thank you for your service and sacrifices that you have made for our country! Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military is currently registering for events in October-December. You can find a list of events with details and li... read more