What Is the History of Military Appreciation Day?


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A military appreciation day is any special event that celebrates or expresses appreciation for the military. There is no federal holiday listed as "Military Appreciation Day," but many venues or businesses hold their own military appreciation days around the federal holidays of Veterans Day or Memorial Day.

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Various professional sports teams have held military appreciation days throughout their history, such as the New York Islanders and the New York Jets. The Jets first began holding a military appreciation day in 2000; the actual date on which it is held varies, but it usually falls within the month of November to coincide with Veterans Day. The New York Islanders hold a military appreciation day every season during the home game that falls closest to Veterans Day. Colin Powell attended the team's military appreciation day in 2008, and he dropped the ceremonial first puck before the game.

Various zoos have also held military appreciation days, often in conjunction with the United Service Organizations. As of 2015, the Honolulu Zoo has held one every year since 2005. The Virginia Zoo and the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium held military appreciation days in 2008; the latter provided free admission for all active military members, veterans and their families as part of the celebration.

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