Friday, May 11, 2018

McHenry Savings Bank Celebrates National Military Appreciation Month

 National Military Appreciation Month
Every year during the month of May, communities, businesses, families, and friends celebrate and take the time to appreciate each branch of the military. This month, we encourage you to take the time to not only honor those in and out of the Marines, National Guard, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force, but also their families. In fact, McHenry Township will be featuring “The Wall That Heals” from Thursday, May 24th through Monday, May 28th to honor our service women, men and their families. Learn more about the event details by visiting this link:

The History of Military Appreciation Month

In 1999, Senator John McCain decided to introduce legislation to designate an entire month to honor the military in the United States. Following this, the House of Representatives and the Senate then started new resolutions to celebrate and honor those in and out of the military. According to, “May was chosen because it has many individual days marked to note our military's achievements,” and also includes days of recognition for the Armed Forces, as well as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. 

Below is a full list of different military appreciation days recognized throughout the month:

  • Loyalty Day: Celebrated on May 1st, Loyalty Day kicks off Military Appreciation Month. 
  • Public Service Recognition Week: From Sunday, May 6th to Saturday, May 12th, and recognizes those who work as our federal, state, and county employees.
  • VE Day: Also known as Victory in Europe, this day marks the end of WWII, which happened on May 8th, 1945.
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day: this day was traditionally set to take place before Mother’s Day. This year, it takes place on Friday, May 11th. 
  • Armed Forces Day: this day is a single day to celebrate all branches of the military, and falls on the third Saturday of May every year. 
  • Memorial Day: this Federal holiday is celebrated on the last Monday of May, and is a day to remember those who have died while serving our country. 
Military Appreciation Month

This year during Military Appreciation Month, McHenry Savings Bank would like to personally thank the men and women who sacrifice their lives for our country. McHenry Savings Bank can assist all Veterans with applying for a VA Loan*. Those who currently serve or have served in the United States military may qualify for a VA Loan. If you’re interested learning more about VA loans and would like assistance in the application to qualify for this loan type, give us a call today at 815-385-3000, or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer. 

*VA Loan may be brokered.