Honoring those who serve

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Norfolk, VA held its 33rd annual “Grand Illumination Parade” on Saturday, Nov. 18. The illumination of the Downtown Norfolk skyline kicked off the festivities as Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth celebrated the holidays as a community. Downtown Norfolk was enlivened by thousands of people filling the streets to experience the festive beginning of the holiday season, dazzled by spectacular floats, energetic marching bands, giant balloons, lively dancers, and even Santa himself.

The theme of the parade this year was, "From Sea to Shining Sea," acknowledging it as an official Norfolk Naval Station Centennial Event. The nautical theme was well represented. Capt. Rich McDaniel, Commanding Officer of Naval Station Norfolk, was this year’s Grand

The Armed Services YMCA established military Family Appreciation Month in 1993 and recognizes it each November.

“Military Family Appreciation Month is observed every November to recognize and honor Army families for their contributions and sacrifices. The Army recognizes that the selfless dedication and commitment of Army families directly contributes to the readiness of our Soldiers. Families are the force behind the force.”

We know part of the reason that areas like Hampton Roads, home of PCSMoves.com, as well as Montgomery, AL, Bethesda, MD, Fayetteville, NC, and others like them, thrive is not just because of the economic boost the military brings. It’s because of the collective strength of its military residents.

Throughout the month,

This year marks the United States Air Force’s (USAF) 70th birthday. On Sept. 18, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act, establishing the Air Force as a branch of the military, equal to the U.S. Army, Navy or Marines. It also made the Air Force the most recent branch of the military to be formed.

As a service with joint origins, the Air Force is the foundation for multi-service, interagency and coalition operations. It provides the joint team the ability and freedom to fight in the air, on the ground and at sea. As of this year, the USAF operates more than 5,369 military aircraft, 406 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM’s) and 69 military satellites. 318,415 active duty personnel, 140,169 civilian employees, 69,200 Air

In the United States, next Monday, the 11th, is known by a variety of names: 9/11 or National Day of Service and Remembrance, when we remember the people that lost their lives that day in 2001.

Here at PCSMoves, we call it by the name on our calendars: Patriot Day.

If you would like to participate in an event, in memory of an individual loved one or all the people that were affected, here is a list of some events taking place:

  • Fort Bragg and XVIII Airborne Corps will hold its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 9 AM on Monday, Sept. 11, at the Main Post Parade Field. The ceremony will be held at Hercules Gym on Pope Army Airfield in the event of inclement weather.The ceremony will include a wreath laying by local firefighters and police

On Friday, Aug. 4, the United States Coast Guard celebrates 227 years of honor, respect and devotion to duty. As the nation’s premier maritime law enforcement community, Coast Guard personnel serve to save lives, protect the environment and defend the homeland.

As of 2014, the Coast Guard had over 36,000 men and women on active duty, 7,350 reservists, 29,620 auxiliarists, and 7,064 full-time civilian employees. The U.S. Coast Guard by itself is the world's 12th largest naval force.

During times of peace, our Coast Guard operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The U.S. President can transfer it to the U.S. Department of the Navy at any time, or by the U.S. Congress during times of war. This has happened twice, in 1917 during World

The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1-November 30. Now is the time to start planning for possible storms. If you wait until a hurricane is coming, you might only have a day or two to get ready. Many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most necessities, which is why planning is essential, especially if this is your first time living in an area prone to hurricanes.

Know what your spouse’s command expects to do.

If your active-duty Navy spouse is on sea-duty, don’t expect him or her to remain at home with you during the storm. Your spouse may have to go underway before the storm even arrives. Navy Fleet Forces Command relies on the weather forecast to know where ships can safely avoid a storm and whether it is better for ships to

Tuesday, June 27 is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day. The National Center for PTSD promotes awareness of PTSD and effective treatments yearlong. Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD and others don’t.

After a traumatic event, most people have painful memories. For many, the effects of the event fade over time. For others, the memories, thoughts and feelings don't go away, even within months or years afterwards. 

“Overall incidence of PTSD does not appear to have changed across the wars we have fought in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, nor has the severity of symptoms…We believe the disorder we now call PTSD has existed since wars have been fought, although identified by other names,”

Wednesday, June 14, is Flag Day, commemorating the 1777 adoption of the United States’ flag. As a revered symbol of freedom and justice, the flag of the United States of America is to be shown the utmost respect. However, Flag Day isn’t a federal holiday.

The respect of the flag also extends to its eventual retirement. The United States Flag Code states, "The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

If you have flags to be retired, the following organizations collect them for disposal:

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • The American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • Marine Corps League
  • Disabled American

Monday, May 29 is Memorial Day, a federal holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in our country's Armed Forces. It originated as Decoration Day, after the Civil War, in 1868. 

While it does have austere beginnings, Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of the summer season. And with that, come backyard barbecues and family gatherings!

In Hampton Roads, VA, home of PCSMoves.com, there are a variety of events taking place to celebrate our troops, as well as to enjoy the three-day weekend. The following are some events scheduled for this weekend.

Williamsburg

Thursday, May 25-Monday, May 29

Williamsburg KOA Campground

Start your summer with a bang and experience the magic of camping with your family. Watch a movie

May is the month of the Military Caregiver. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation describes this role as, “Every day, a Military Caregiver serves our nation. A wife, a husband, a parent, a friend, or even a child is helping their Wounded Warrior accomplish everyday tasks, something many of us take for granted.” Sometimes, these caregivers are called Hidden Heroes.

And because of all the work these Heroes do, they deserve to be celebrated and reminded of their worth to both their Wounded Warrior and to society as a whole. Kathy Stalnaker, of West Virginia, summed up her experiences caring for her husband, “I’ve lost a lot of family members who do not understand PTSD. That has been the hardest, as they forced me to choose between them or my husband. I have no