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National Day of the Deployed

October 26, 2021

National Day of the Deployed on October 26 is our day to say “Thank You” to all military serving outside the United States and to their families who keep things running at home in their absence It’s hard to imagine a more challenging military assignment than one taking our servicemen and women to countries all over the world, far away from home. Unless you know someone currently serving outside the US, the sacrifices they make throughout deployment are difficult to comprehend.

National Day of the Deployed dates back to 2006 when Shelle Michaels Aberle approached then North Dakota Governor John Hoeven to support a proclamation for a day to honor those men and women actively serving in the military outside the U.S. Hoeven was the first governor in the United States to recognize deployed troops through a formal proclamation. October 26 was chosen as the annual date of observance because it was the birthday of Aberle’s cousin, U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Hosna, actively serving in Iraq at the time.

In 2011, Hoeven, then a state senator, sponsored a resolution designating October 26 as National Day of the Deployed, which passed unanimously. Since then, all 50 states have officially observed the holiday.

Deployments can last anywhere from 90 days to 15 months. Having a loved one actively serving a deployment brings numerous challenges. Extended periods of time away from home and not knowing where your loved one may be are just a couple of the stressors. Today, take a moment to remember, honor and thank the dedication our deployed military displays for our country.

  1. Send a care package

Servicemen and women enjoy receiving care packages. The United States Postal Service offers tips on how to best pack and ship them, particularly if shipping to another country, so be sure to check out their website. Plan to send items such as playing cards, baseball caps, magazines, toiletries, and snacks such as gum and beef jerky. You can also donate money to organizations that will purchase, pack, and ship the care packages for you.

  1. Help the families of our deployed military

If you know someone who has a loved one currently deployed, you can do several things to support them. Are you handy? Offer to help with repairs around the house or yard work. Offering to cook a meal or babysit also takes the load of a little.

  1. Display a yellow ribbon

Yellow ribbons are a sign you are remembering someone serving far away from home and looking forward to their safe return. Tie one around a tree or mailbox or display it on your front porch.


October 26, 2021